The Board of Directors of the Marco Island Center for the Arts, home of the Art League, announces that Lynn M. Holley has been hired as their new Executive Director. Holley recently moved to the Naples area from Santa Barbara, California, where she was the curator and gallery director at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center. She is an independent art consultant to national and international artists and collectors, and a freelance journalist and writer of essays and art reviews. Holley is also the co-founder of the Fine Arts Film Festival, which premiered in California in 2010.
“It is my honor to lead the Center for the Arts to its next level and to reach its highest potential; to continue to build community partnerships with businesses and other non-profit organizations.” Holley says. “I am especially interested to expand children’s programming and educational exhibitions that are coupled with unique lectures and workshops. Basically,” she says, “I would like to invite all of the Muses who represent the arts to be showcased at the Center for the Arts.”
Holley’s professional experience includes leading a number of non-profit organizations and academic departments. For her writing and marketing strategies she has won numerous awards including the Gold Medal for Communications from the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education (CASE) in Washington, D.C.; and the Community Service Award, the highest honor given to civilians from the United States Air Force.
Holley’s professional work in journalism and marketing in New York, and her leadership in academia have garnered her national recognition. She is a Gold Medal winner in Communications from the Council for the Advance of Secondary Education in Washington, D.C., and a recipient of the Community Service Award, the highest honor given to civilians by the United States Air Force. She is also an ISIA Gold Medal winner in figure skating.
Holley grew up in Ithaca, New York; she attended Cornell University andEmpire State College. She has a B.S. in Communications and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, England, where she graduated with Distinction in 2008.
“There were over 30 candidates that applied for the Executive Director’s position from all over the county. The Board of Directors is excited to bring Lynn on board to help us move forward,” said Ken Stroud, President of the Board. Aris Petropoulos, Board Member and Chair of the Search Committee says of Lynn Holley, “Lynn is the right person with the right background and skill sets to lead the Center for the Arts.”
Artfelt Thanks, Linda