Grand Junction’s Art Center says goodbye to Camille Silverman
Camille Silverman is leaving The Art Center after eight years of service. Her last day as executive director is Tuesday, June 30.
“There’s so much gained when you work and participate in things that aren’t just about yourself,” Silverman said. “Working for a nonprofit makes you a better person. I imagine I will always be connected to the arts.”
The Art Center, otherwise known as Western Colorado Center for the Arts, is a membership-driven nonprofit organization that provides a variety of classes as well as high-caliber art shows and lectures. It is located at 1803 N. Seventh St., in Grand Junction.
“Camille has truly taken us to the next level as a regional center for the arts,” said Robbie Breaux, who leads The Art Center’s board of directors as president. “As curator she put together exhibits that expanded our horizons and made us think in different ways about art. She brought in regionally and nationally known artists for exhibits, lectures, and workshops. She started new programs and oversaw improvements to existing programs. Because of her hard work, Grand Junction and The Art Center are more widely accepted as a place to see and make great art. And we have a new curator who will be continuing that growth. We are very grateful for all that Camille has done for this institution and this community.”
Though a move date from the area is not set yet, according to Silverman, Chicago’s art scene is on the horizon after more than two decades in Colorado’s Grand Valley. She lives with her partner, Joe Sullivan, in Glade Park and their house just went on the market.
“We’re just going to leap,” she said with a smile.
Avery Glassman, who recently moved to Grand Junction to take on The Art Center’s curatorial position, said “it’s never a dull moment working with Camille. When she isn’t cracking Bart Simpson-like jokes, she’s talking about art with an intensity and verve that’s rare even among museum professionals.
“She is an inspired artist, a wealth of knowledge, a caring mentor, and above all, a motivator.”
Silverman also wrote an art-focused column for the Grand Junction Free Press called Art Stalk. It focused on creative inspirations from around the area.
The Art Center has narrowed their executive director search from a pool of national applicants, Breaux confirmed. A decision on Silverman’s replacement will be announced soon.
For more information about The Art Center, visit http://www.gjartcenter.org.
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