The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Catherine S. Amidon as the new Executive Director.
Amidon comes to RNAC with a deep background in art history and non-profit arts management, most recently serving as the Founding Director of the Museum of the White Mountains (MWM) at Plymouth State University in NH which, much like the RNAC, was established to introduce people to and “showcase the story, culture, and legacy of the region.” While at the MWM she was responsible for the majority of the fundraising, donor relations, grant writing, organizing exhibitions, publications, and programing, skills and experience that will well serve the RNAC in the next phase of growth.
While working on her ‘Doctorat’ from University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Amidon worked at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris. She was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Grant for Comparative Cultural Diversity in Transition in the Baltic States and Russia. In 2008, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Kingston, Jamaica where she worked at the National Gallery of Art.
Prior to the MWM she was the director of exhibitions in spaces across the PSU campus, a position that evolved from her 1999 appointment as Gallery Director. She has worked in a variety of galleries, museums, and universities in the US and abroad and now brings these experiences back to her North Shore roots.
With strong family ties to the area, she is delighted to be working in Gloucester. Amidon plans to “hit the ground running” (with her two Siamese cats in tow) as she joins the Art Colony in mid-September. She will be a welcome addition to the RNAC team and looks forward to transitioning with Interim Director, Patricia Conant, whose deep knowledge of the organization and community has assured a smooth transition.