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Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends of Silvermine,

For those of you who have not already heard, I am retiring April 5th, on my 6th anniversary as Executive Director. It has been a great six years and I am proud of the accomplishments during this time of considerable growth and transformation.

During my six years I created a legacy of Silvermine programs that unified visual and performing arts. Silvermine supported cutting-edge artists with prestigious grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), and other organizations.

Balancing the needs of the School of Art, the Galleries and Guild, and a five-acre campus, I was proud to re-establish the position of Outreach Education Director, enabling Silvermine to expand its in-depth art programs for under-resourced students throughout lower Fairfield County.

We also strove to make Silvermine a more welcoming campus through the introduction of the Sculpture Walk. And with support from the Jeniam Foundation, the Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Foundation and the New Canaan Community Foundation we expanded and renovated the offices and back-campus studios; and added bronze casting, glass working and woodworking to the art curriculum. During my tenure, Silvermine won Moffly Media's Best Art Classes Award for four years in a row and Best Galleries for five years in a row.

Soon Silvermine Arts Center will begin planning for its 100th anniversary, which is now just six years away. I realized that this was a natural time to begin a transition that would allow a new director to implement his or her vision as we head toward the celebration of that milestone.

Rose-Marie Fox, Silvermine's Chairperson, will lead an interim executive team that includes former Board Chair and Lifetime Guild Member Leslie Giuliani and former Board member and faculty member Nancy McTague-Stock. Rose-Marie has said, "As we honor Leslee, we have also begun a thoughtful search for a new executive director to take us to our centennial year, and our team will carry out all executive duties in coordination with Gallery Director Jeffrey Mueller; School of Art Director Anne Connell; Director of Outreach Education, Sophia Gevas; Development Director Mary-Louise Morgan, and Silvermine's excellent staff."

Silvermine is and will always be an amazing art environment, with its distinguished faculty and studios, curated galleries, permanent print collection, professional guild of more than 300 artists and its all-important art outreach program for under-served students. It is a very exciting time in Silvermine's long and storied history.

Thank you for being a part of this wonderful institution,

Leslee Asch