SARATOGA SPRINGS – Louise Kerr has been named the new executive director of Saratoga Arts, it was announced by the Saratoga Arts Board of Directors on Tuesday.
The search took several months, starting when former director Joel Reed retired in March. Kerr takes over from Meaghan Golden, who served as interim executive director.
“We are thrilled to have Louise as the new leader for Saratoga Arts. She brings an energy and enthusiasm as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience that will truly honor our Vision for the future,” said Susanne Simpson, president of the Board of Directors, in a statement.
Kerr previously worked at The Olana Partnership and The Historic New York State Park and Home of Frederic Church, where she served as the director of engagement and visitor operations. Prior to that, she was the operations manager for The Betty Cuningham Gallery in Manhattan.
The native of Scotland studied architecture and design at The Glasgow College of Building and Printing before receiving her master’s degree in fine art from New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. She recently moved to Saratoga Springs.
Kerr stepped into the role in September and has been working with staff on the first exhibition under her role, which will open later this season.
“As the new executive director of Saratoga Arts, this is a wonderful opportunity for me to return to what I love best – connecting and nurturing artists across all genres, at all points of their careers and working collaboratively on a local and regional level to promote and sustain the meaningful impact a public arts center can have serving the community,” said Kerr.
Saratoga Arts is a not-for-profit organization that works to foster the local arts community through programs and performing/visual arts opportunities. It was founded in 1986 and has brought the arts to more than a million people and provided opportunities for regional artists to earn more than $3 million in art sales and performance fees, according to the organization.
“It is with great enthusiasm, a fresh perspective and the belief in a dedicated team of staff and volunteers at Saratoga Arts, that I look forward to forging new relationships, partnerships and connections that will continue to build upon Saratoga Arts successful history with a focus on the mission of making the arts accessible to all,” Kerr said.
For more information about Saratoga Arts visit saratoga-arts.org.