We Welcome Mary Heathcott
(SAN ANTONIO) --- Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum has named a new Executive Director, Mary Heathcott. A search committee headed by Blue Star Board Chair Francie Mannix announced that Heathcott will assume the post in late February 2014. "We are so excited for Mary to join the Blue Star team and to continue the great work of her predecessors," said Mannix.
Since 2012, Heathcott has been the Deputy Director at Artpace San Antonio, where she has provided strategic administrative and programmatic direction of the contemporary art non-profit. In 2011, Heathcott was named Artpace's Interim Managing Director, and curated exhibitions for the organization's Hudson (Show)Room and Window Works galleries. Heathcott first joined Artpace in 2006, and has helped manage the organization's development initiatives, as well as its marketing and public relations efforts. Prior to Artpace, Heathcott was Manager of Individual Giving at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
"Blue Star paved the way for contemporary art and artists in San Antonio," stated Heathcott. "I am looking forward to being a part of such a venerable institution whose commitment to inspiring the creative genius in everyone continues to energize its widespread community."
Heathcott was born in Houston, Texas. She received her master's degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a BA in Art History from Trinity University in San Antonio.
"Mary has the knowledge and respect of the local, national, and international art world, and we trust that she will bring her remarkable talents and enthusiasm to Blue Star. The Board is confident that she will take Blue Star to the next level and continue to make it a great beacon for contemporary art in San Antonio," said Francie Mannix, Blue Star's Board Chair.
Please contact Elizabeth Lyons, Public Affairs and Engagement Manager, with further questions at 210-227-6960 or Elizabeth@bluestarart.org.
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