Art Center Leadership Transition


Dear Friends of the Art Center,

In 2014, a young college graduate with a degree in Anthropology and Studio Art took the reins of the Art Center of Waco.  During her time with us, she has accepted each responsibility and challenge --and we have had some challenges-- with energy and professionalism at the highest level. The Art Center is a better place because Meg Gilbert made a difference. Meg will continue making a difference in the arts. Later this summer, she will begin Baylor University’s graduate program in Museum Studies. The Board of Trustees is so proud, and wishes her the best in her studies. What does this mean for leadership at ACW?

As the Art Center of Waco enters a new season of growth, we are pleased to announce new leadership. Our current Program Coordinator, Claire Sexton, will be taking on the Director position beginning in August. Claire is an experienced, knowledgeable professional with a passion for cultivating the arts in the greater Waco community. In Claire’s words, “This is such an extraordinary time to be a part of the Art Center of Waco and I’m so grateful that the board has placed their trust in me to lead the organization at such a defining moment in its history. I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to be Program Coordinator for the past year, working with and learning from Meg.” Claire has a master’s degree in visual arts administration from New York University, and a BA from the University of North Texas, where she majored in art history. She began her arts administration career in communications at a small nonprofit gallery in New York, where she worked with a range of emerging conceptual artists. After moving to Waco in 2015, Claire worked for Cultural Arts of Waco coordinating the Top Young Artist scholarship competition and organizing Art on Elm’s juried exhibition in 2016 and 2017. Many of you have met Claire through art class registration, summer art camp, exhibit openings, or Table Toppers. She has done an outstanding job this year at The Art Center and she is prepared to lead the organization to its new home downtown. Karen Alleman, our talented Education Coordinator will have an increased role at ACW.

Meg will continue to have a presence at ACW, working part time as her studies will allow. “It has been an honor serving as Director for the past two years. I am thankful to you, our members as well as the volunteers, board members, staff, artists, and donors who have led The Art Center to where it is today. This year was exciting for The Art Center as we vacated our building on MCC’s campus. We look forward to moving into our newly purchased location on South 8th street in 2019. We will miss the historic Cameron summer home on MCC’s campus, and we hope that you will take a moment with us to reflect on the many wonderful exhibits, events, and classes that took place there. Looking back on the number of volunteers, staff, members, teachers, artists and donors who have built the Art Center’s legacy, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you for your commitment to the arts in Waco through your investment in The Art Center, this is a wonderful time to be a part of the growing arts scene in Waco.”

Well done, Meg.

Jill F. Michaels, President Art Center of Waco Board of Trustees

Jill F. Michaels, President
Art Center of Waco Board of Trustees