The Arts Center of the Capital Region will welcome a new CEO, Elizabeth Reiss, at the end of September.
"We are so fortunate to have Elizabeth lead our organization and build upon the strong foundation of excellence and dedication to the arts and creativity in our region," a letter from board chair Susan Radzyminski said.
Elizabeth has committed her career to the arts. Her early work focused on museum education, teaching classes and camps and developing curricula for museums and schools. At the Museum of Art and Design in NYC, she developed replica working artist studios to enhance exhibitions. While there she developed the nationwide Quilts Across America program. Reiss opened and operated the Children's Museum of the Arts site on Lafayette Street in NYC (now in Tribeca) and then enjoyed several years as the director of the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA. In Pittsburgh, she was best known for producing innovative public art projects including an artist made skate park and ground-breaking examples of environmental art. She was a founder of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and served on the boards of several artist led organizations, including Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre where she continues to serve as treasurer and advisor.
For the past five years Reiss has served as the director of development and public relations at the Albany Institute of History & Art where she dramatically improved the museum's fundraising program and initiated new methods to engage current and future donors. Read Elizabeth's full bio here.