Clay Art Center in Port Chester has named a new administrator to succeed Executive Director Reena Kashyap next month: Leigh Taylor Mickelson, the center’s program director.
Kashyap is stepping down after 15 years heading the busy nonprofit, which combines a gallery, education areas and work space for ceramics artists. Clay Art Center was founded 55 years ago and became a nonprofit in its 50th year.
Mickelson was exhibitions director for Baltimore Clayworks before coming to Clay Art Center six years ago. She holds a master of fine arts degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts. Says a news release:
She has helped shape the education and exhibition programs and has contributed in countless ways to grow the organization. In her new role as Executive Director, she will build upon the strong foundation that has been created by Reena’s commitment and vision, and work towards strengthening the organization and enriching the creative lives of those who live in our community and beyond. Upon her appointment, Bob Rattet, President of the board of directors, stated, “Leigh brings years of non-profit arts experience and knowledge of the ceramics field, and the board is fully supportive of her in her new leadership role as Executive Director.”
Caitlin Applegate will be the new program manager. She came to the center in 2010 through the Artist-in-Residence program.