The Salt Lake Art Center announced this week that their search for a new executive director (see February edition) is at an end. Heather Ferrell, who has most recently served as the Executive Director and Curator of the Salina Art Center in Salina, Kansas, has accepted the position and will assume the directorship at the end of July.
Ferrell, a Utah native, received a BFA in Art, with a dual emphasis in Art History and Photography, as well as a BA in Liberal Arts, from Utah State University in 1994. In 1997 she earned an MA in Art History and Museum Studies, with an emphasis in 20th century Modern/Contemporary Art from the Case Western Reserve University in Clevelan. She has worked both at the Utah Arts Council and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art in Logan. She also served as the Associate Curator at the Boise Art Museum. Last month she came to town to talk with the Art Center’s board and staff as well as with local artists during a meet and greet session.
Ferrell says she is thrilled about her new role. “I was attracted to the Salt Lake Art Center’s reputation as an innovative, issues-based institution nationally recognized for its quality, contemporary exhibitions . . . As the new Executive Director, one of my primary goals is to help shape the Art Center into a dynamic focal point for contemporary art, artists, and community.”