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Mobile's Alabama Contemporary Art Center announces new Executive Director

(image: ACAC) Mobile's Alabama Contemporary Art center announces new Executive Director

Alabama Contemporary Art Center’s Board of Directors announced today that Amanda Solley will be the center's new Executive Director, effective immediately. The board also voted unanimously to appoint Julie H. Friedman (Alabama State Council on the Arts) to the position of Vice Chair.

Currently Director of Exhibitions and Programs, Solley has broad-ranging experience within the non-profit institution, having previously held the roles of Curator of Education and Co-director of Development & Communications. “Amanda’s impressive track record within the organization has been driven by her energy and excitement for bringing world-class exhibitions and educational programs to Mobile,” said Board Chair Mike Dow. “As we look toward Alabama's bicentennial year, our board and team is working hard to earn the continued support of our generous funders. Amanda's talents will be integral as we continue to strengthen our offering for our members and the wider public by forming strategic partnerships throughout the city. It is truly an exciting time!”

“I am honored to accept the responsibility of representing Alabama Contemporary Art Center as Executive Director,” said Solley. “The arts are a community asset that can bring people together and provide them with a voice. This year and next we join organizations across the state in celebrating our bicentennial by recognizing our collective stories and writing new ones. Alabama Contemporary is poised to take an even greater leadership role as a vibrant local and regional arts and education resource and I look forward to cultivating partnerships to energize and engage the communities that we serve.”

Alabama Contemporary welcomes new and returning board members who share a deep commitment to Mobile: Karlos F. Finley (Boteler, Finley & Wolfe), Ann S. Bedsole (Businesswoman & Former State Senator), Paige A. Vitulli, PhD (USA Integrative Studies and Department of Leadership and Teacher Education), Carol S. Hunter (Downtown Mobile Alliance), and Casey Downing Jr. (Downing Studio).

Open through June 1, the art center's current exhibition Back to Havana is made possible by funding from lead sponsor Wind Creek Hospitality, and also through generous support from The City of Mobile, Mobile County Commission, Alabama State Council on the Arts, The Hearin-Chandler Foundation, The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, The Crampton Trust, Sybil Smith Foundation, Visit Mobile, The Support The Arts License Tag, and The Community Foundation of South Alabama.

Founded in 1999, Alabama Contemporary Art Center is a non-profit arts center located on Cathedral Square in the heart of Mobile’s historic downtown district.

Alabama Contemporary brings world-class exhibitions and over 100 classes and workshops for all ages, summer camps, artist talks, guided tours, and film screenings to Mobile every year, generating 56 FTE jobs and $1.67 million in local economic activity annually.

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