Arts notes: LexArts takes steps to find a new president and CEO

February 9, 2014 

The LexArts board is forming a nine-person committee and hiring an executive search firm to begin looking for a successor to Jim Clark, president and CEO. Clark, director of the arts umbrella organization since 2002, announced last year that he was retiring and would focus on bringing public art projects to Lexington. His retirement is effective June 30.

David Smith of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC will chair the search committee, according to a LexArts release. The panel will include five LexArts board members (three from its executive committee and two at-large members), two members from LexArts’ partner organizations, a local artist or educator, and a representative of city government. The LexArts executive committee will select the search firm, and LexArts hopes to have both in place by March 1.

LexArts board chairman John Long said in the release, “ Jim Clark took us to a new level, and we want our next leader to take us even further. Part of this process includes an assessment of successes in other cities and long-term goals and standards for our community. We want to ensure that our choices both sustain the gains from Jim’s leadership and further invigorate our arts community.”

Long said that while LexArts hoped to have a successor named by June 30, “it’s more important to find the right person than to hit a short-term deadline.”

LGBT Writing Contest winners named

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning has announced that three Lexingtonians have won its 2014 LGBT Writing Contest, which seeks new works focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life. The contest, supported by a grant from JustFundKy, is in its third year.

The winners are Zachary C. Pence, poetry, for A Subject to Higher Power and other poems; Davina G. Warner, nonfiction, for The Sound of Silence; and Laurel Dixon, fiction, for Falling in Love With Straight Girls: A How-To Guide.

The judges for the contest were Kentucky authors Silas House and Jason Howard.

The winners will read their works at a free event at the Carnegie Center, 251 West Second Street, at 6 p.m. Feb. 20.

Props to Lindsey Wilson for acquisition

Lexington native Robert Brock left Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave, formerly Horse Cave Theatre, for Lindsey Wilson College in 2010, and now the defunct theater company’s sets, costumes and props are following him. The Columbia school announced last week that it was acquiring the properties of the troupe, which closed last year, saying they would be a big boost to the fledgling theater program Brock helped launch at Lindsey Wilson. The school will award its first bachelor’s degrees in theater this spring.

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