Primary Colours Names Vandivier Executive Director

Local arts organization creates first paid staff position

February 4, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - Primary Colours has named longtime board member Hugh Vandivier as

the inaugural executive director of the organization. It's the first paid staff

position for the unique arts nonprofit, formed in 1998. Since joining Primary

Colours in 2005, Vandivier has served a primary role in writing grants and

developing communications strategies for the organization.

"Hugh's intimate knowledge of Primary Colours and devotion to the organization

made him the obvious choice," said Primary Colours president Dane Sauer.

"Through this newly formed position, we hope to increase our funding for the

many events, exhibitions, and programs that we provide and improve the

efficiency by which we operate."

Vandivier brings extensive communications experience and fundraising success to

his new role. Over the past decade, he has worked for Creative Street Media,

Telematrix Digital Media, and Pearson Education. In 2005, he headed a steering

committee to coordinate fundraising, architectural planning, and communications

for a new $4.2 million Phi Delta Theta fraternity house at Wabash College.

"I am grateful to Primary Colours for granting me this special opportunity to

lead this group," said Vandivier. "There is no more crucial time to be involved

in the arts, and I welcome the challenge it brings."

Primary Colours ( is a 501(c)(3) Indianapolis-based

nonprofit arts organization devoted to integrating visual artists and the

community to create and sustain a thriving environment for the arts. Its

purpose is to create and sustain a thriving environment for the visual arts

through unique exhibitions, workshops and special events, including Art vs.

Art, Allotropy, Toys, and the Professional Development Series.


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