Houston Center for Photography (HCP) announces that it is launching a search for a new executive director to lead the organization, effective immediately. Bevin Bering Dubrowski is stepping down from her role as HCP’s current executive director to become the organization’s first creative director. She will focus on new initiatives to enhance the community’s awareness of HCP’s programs. Alexandra Irvine, currently administrative director, will assume responsibility as interim executive director to aid in a smooth transition until a permanent executive director is appointed.
“During Bevin’s five year tenure as executive director, she has elevated the visibility and success of all fundraising endeavors, especially the annual print auction,” stated Jereann Chaney, president of HCP’s board of directors. Chaney adds, “The organization’s growth trajectory now requires programming be increased, which in turn means adding new staff positions.”
Congratulations to both Alex and Bevin!
NOW, TO RECAP THE PAST COUPLE YEARS IN THE HOUSTON AREA PHOTO SCENE: (The Galveston Arts Center (GAC) is thrown into this mix although it is not exclusively photo-oriented. But curator Clint Willour really knows his stuff and is very active in the photo world, so during his two decades there, it’s been more photo-heavy than most galleries/museums.)
September: Irvine resigns as executive director of GAC.
May: FotoFest founders announce “retirement” after 30 years and start a search for new executive director.
September: Irvine joins HCP. A couple of weeks later, the MFAH announces the retirement of photo super-curator Anne Wilkes Tucker and her replacement, Malcolm Daniel (although Tucker will not completely retire until June 2015).
January: FotoFest announces Steven Evans as new executive director.
May: GAC curator Willour goes on medical leave; no word yet on a return date.
Last week: GAC announces independent curator/artist Elliot Lessing as interim director.
This week: HCP announces staff changes and begins a search for a new executive director.
UPDATE: GAC Interim Executive Director Elliot Lessing terminated by GAC Executive Board on Thursday July 24, 2014.