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Janet Seiz named new Executive Director of ChathamArts

By Forrest C. Greenslade
Posted Tuesday, October 4, 2005

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Pittsboro, NC - Janet Seiz, an arts historian and community arts advocate with 25 years of experience, is the new Executive Director of ChathamArts, the county arts council. She assumed her duties October 1.

“We are thrilled to have Janet on board to help us support arts and cultural programs and promote the artists and arts in our community,” said ChathamArts President Gilda McDaniel. “Her knowledge and passion for art, and her experience in other arts programs are significant assets that will benefit our arts council and our county.”

A doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Iowa, Seiz resigned her tenured position at Black Hawk College in the Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa to relocate to the Triangle area earlier this year.

She has also taught at the University of St. Francis and Augustana College in Illinois, and at St. Ambrose University in Iowa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and Renaissance studies from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in art history from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

She has extensive experience in writing grants, curating exhibits, conducting workshops and developing arts and cultural programs. She has advised and assisted many cultural and educational institutions in the Midwest on program strategy, the application of new technologies to learning, and audience development.

Seiz co-directed the Quad Cities Liturgical Arts Festival for the Iowa Arts Council, curated four major exhibits for St. Ambrose University and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport and conducted art history workshops at St. Ambrose University and the Davenport Museum of Art.

She will work in ChathamArts office and gallery, located at 115 Hillsboro Street in downtown Pittsboro. The gallery is open to the public Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on First Sundays, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Chatham Arts supports and presents the arts in Chatham County through educational programs, gallery sales, and diverse arts and cultural programming throughout the year.

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