New Hampshire Art Association Appoints Executive Director

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Portsmouth, NH – 05April 2011 – The NHAA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Katharine Muth as the new Executive Director of the New Hampshire Art Association. The announcement was made today by Board President, David Hampson.

The New Hampshire Art Association is a non-profit professional art association founded in 1940. It is one of the oldest continuously running statewide visual art associations in the country. It consists of over 450 members of painters, photographers, watercolorists, printmakers, sculptors and other fine artists living and working primarily in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont.

The NHAA Search Team chose Ms. Muth for her articulate and ardent vision for the NHAA both as a resource to artists and as an enrichment tool for the public. “She is a proven non-profit administrator with an appetite for improving practices and she has a track record for making organizations accessible to the public. She is a thoughtful leader who is skilled at mobilizing a team, organizing strong artistic programs and connecting with the community.” said Hampson. He also stated, “We were overwhelmed with the amount of talent that came to us during this search. We were very fortunate to have such a high caliber of expertise and experience from which to choose.”

Ms. Muth comes to NHAA having served as the Director of the Durham Business Association. In this capacity she was responsible for fiscal planning, all projects and initiatives aimed at providing businesses access to local resources and legislative and municipal advocacy. Additionally, she was responsible for membership recruitment and strategic funding initiatives.

In 2005 Ms. Muth was named the Executive Director of the Mill Pond Center for the Arts in Durham, NH. Her responsibilities included overseeing daily operations of the Center, as well as budgeting, marketing, programming, staffing, scheduling, and facilities management. Additionally, she successfully coordinated long and short-term strategies and fundraising efforts from foundations, individual donors, and corporations. During her tenure at the Center, Ms. Muth carefully managed growth and increased earned revenues 57% over a two year period.

“I am honored to be named Executive Director of the New Hampshire Art Association, one of the great cultural assets of the state, and am eager to build on the strengths of its outstanding members, exhibitions and educational programs,” Ms. Muth says.

“I was drawn to the NHAA because of the sense of community it brings to our state. The arts enrich our lives both by inspiring our own creativity and challenging our world view; they help to define us both as individuals and the community as a whole,” added Ms. Muth. Ms. Muth officially began her Executive Director role on March 15, 2011.

To learn more about the NHAA Ms. Muth invites all to visit the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery located at 136 State Street, Portsmouth, NH or on-line at www.nhartassociation.org.


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