Silvermine Arts’ leader set to retire

Silvermine Arts Center has announced that Leslee Asch, its executive director since April 5, 2010, will retire effective April 5 of this year.

“The Silvermine Arts Center will soon begin planning for its 100th anniversary, which is now just six years away,” said Asch in a statement. “It seemed a natural time to begin a transition that would allow a new director to implement his or her vision as we head toward the celebration of that milestone.”

The announcement also included thanks from Rose-Marie Fox, chairman of the Silvermine Board of Trustees, for Asch’s leadership and vision. During her six years as executive director, Asch created a legacy of Silvermine programs that unified visual and performing arts. She supported cutting-edge artists with prestigious grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and other organizations.

Fox will lead an interim executive team that includes former board chair and Lifetime Guild Member Leslie Giuliani and former board member and faculty member Nancy McTague-Stock.

WAG remembers a lovely visit to Silvermine back in 2013, when Asch toured us through the venerable campus and shared her vision.

We wish her — and Silvermine — well.

For more, visit silvermineart.org. – Mary Shustack

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