The Indianapolis Art Center announced this afternoon that Patrick Flaherty will take over as president and executive director of the 80-year-old non-profit September 1. Flaherty was the Art Center's director of exhibitions and artist services, a job which included coordinating the Broad Ripple Art Fair. He takes over for Carter Wolf, who announced his retirement this April after five years in the post.
Here's Flaherty, from a news release: "“Through this whole process I keep thinking about how Kurt Vonnegut once said the Indianapolis Art Center was ‘welcoming to all’ and ‘boundlessly optimistic. That’s the spirit I want to take into this next phase of the Art Center – to continue to build on a track record of community building through the arts."
Flaherty also volunteers as vice president of Primary Colours. We spoke with him at length earlier this year when Primary Colours moved its Installation Nation event to the Indianapolis Art Center. And for even more background, here's a 2010 interview with Flaherty by David Hoppe that starts with the following exchange:
NUVO: Was there a single arts experience that made a decisive difference in your life?
Flaherty: I knew I was going to art school, but when I got there, I didn't know why. In my second year [at Ball State University] I took an introduction to printmaking class and this hasn't happened a whole lot in my life, but when I pulled my first print through the press, it made sense. Something felt right and I felt at home. I felt almost like maybe I had done it before.