The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Saturday, July 2, 2022

Lea Pinsky named as Art Encounter's inaugural Executive Director
Lea has been a teaching artist with Art Encounter since 2002.

EVANSTON, ILL.- Art Encounter, a 41-year-old non-profit visual arts organization in the Chicago metropolitan area, announced the appointment of Lea Pinsky as its first-ever Executive Director, effective July 2019. The creation of an Executive Director position comes as the result of Art Encounter’s succession planning and strategic plan to advance the organization forward toward greater sustainability and maturity. Pinsky was unanimously approved by Art Encounter’s Board of Directors following a six-month candidate search. In this inaugural position as Executive Director, Ms. Pinsky will collaborate with staff and partner with the Board of Directors to lead and implement the strategic vision of Art Encounter and carry out its mission.

“We are thrilled to appoint Lea as Art Encounter’s first Executive Director,” said Gale Goldstick-Cohen, President of Art Encounter’s Board of Directors. “She is innovative and accomplished, has deep insight into what makes Art Encounter unique and how to creatively lead this organization into the future.”

Lea has been a teaching artist with Art Encounter since 2002, and has served on staff as Director of Outreach and Community Programs since 2015. In this role, she oversaw their robust menu of no-cost programs in public schools and senior homes throughout Chicago, and with Dustin Harris launched the organization’s mural program, which brings established artists to produce large-scale public projects around Art Encounter’s hometown of Evanston. Over the last four years, Lea has played a significant role in developing the strategic plan with AE staff and board, securing new funding sources, and bringing more public awareness to the organization’s enduring mission.

She was selected to serve as Art Encounter’s Executive Director not only for her understanding of AE’s mission and specific challenges, but for her impressive work history prior to joining the organization. In Lea’s 20-year career in arts management, she has served as Founder and Director of the City of Evanston’s Young Artist Program, Education Director at Lifeline Theatre, Co-Manager of the Mile of Murals for the Rogers Park Business Alliance, and Community Schools Resource Coordinator for Columbia College Chicago. A former actress, Lea holds a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She still participates casually in theatre, but spends more of her creative time in the visual arts world, creating murals with her husband Dustin Harris as the duo Mix Masters.

Lea is the daughter of the long-time co-founder and current Artistic Director, Joanna Pinsky. “Just to assure you no nepotism was involved, I was left completely in the dark throughout the hiring process,” Joanna says.

Commenting on her new role, Lea Pinsky stated, “It is an honor to be chosen as Art Encounter’s first Executive Director.” Looking to the future, she is energized by the work ahead. “We have a lot of exciting projects on the docket,” she reports. “We have just rebranded our visual identity and launched a beautiful new logo; we are exploring new important art districts in our tour and travel programs; and we are developing more relationships and programs for communities who have less access to art. It is an exciting and vital time at Art Encounter.” “Plus,” she adds, “it’s fun and rewarding to work with my mother every day.”

Art Encounter was founded in 1978 by three artists: Joanna Pinsky, Ellen Kamerling, and Bonnie Hartenstein. Carrying the belief that art should be accessible for all people, the non-profit initially created an approach to talking about art, one which embraces multiples perspectives and stresses the value that there are “many ways to see” (the organization’s tagline). This dialogue became the anchor for their current menu of programs that takes people to art—tours to artist studios, private collections, museums, galleries, and more—and brings art to people—discussion and hands-on programs for underserved public schools, senior homes, and the mural program for the community at large. Art Encounter also has a travel program to exclusive art venues across domestic and international destinations, which helps support their outreach programs.

Today's News

August 30, 2019

Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru

New arts documentary on Tadao Ando launches today on iTunes

Exhibition at Kunsthaus Zurich presents Henri Matisse as sculptor

Gemeentemuseum acquires mysterious self-portrait by Paul Thek

Teresa Margolles opens first exhibition in Chile at the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende opens

Exhibition explores allegory and faith in Netherlandish prints from Lucas van Leyden to Rembrandt

Almodovar recognised with Venice film festival lifetime award

USF Contemporary Art Museum presents The Return of the Real: Robert Lazzarini and Rodrigo Valenzuela

Lucy McRae: Body Architect opens at National Gallery of Victoria Australia

Four winners of A.C. Houen Fund's Certificate for Outstanding Architecture 2019

'Wait it Out' by Northern Irish artist Sandra Johnston opens at Project Arts Centre

Migros Museum of Contemporary Art opens an exhibition about loss, remembrance, activism and art in response to HIV/AIDS

Casino Luxembourg opens two new exhibitions

Contemporary Istanbul announces galleries for 14th edition

Exhibition of Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis debuts at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

'Cosmological Arrows: Journeys Through Inner and Outer Space' opens at Bonniers Konsthall

Exhibition at the Kestner Gesellschaft focuses on the first ten years of CalArts

Lea Pinsky named as Art Encounter's inaugural Executive Director

Straight outta Karachi: Pakistan's surprise hip hop hub

Pioneering Saudi filmmaker vies for Venice glory amid gender row

American Folk Art Museum announces new curator of Folk Art Emelie Gevalt

Fondazione Giorgio Cini presents 'Marianna Kennedy: Invincible Truth'

Ylinka Barotto and Frauke V. Josenhans will oversee exhibitions for the Moody and Rice Public Art

ifa-Galerie Berlin opens an exhibition of works by Saba Innab

Hidden Phone Tracker App for Business Owners

6 Famous Creators of Weed Art Whose Passion for Bud Fueled Their Brilliance

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful