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Shenandoah Arts Council has new executive director


The Winchester Star 

WINCHESTER— The Shenandoah Arts Council has a new face at its helm. 

Jaimianne Amicucci, 27, of Winchester has been announced as the new executive director of the nonprofit arts organization at 811 S. Loudoun St., according to a Monday press release. She will start May 4. 

“ I’m excited,” Amicucci said. “ The board is really strong, and they have a lot of great ideas for future activities.” 

As director, Amicucci said she wants to reach out to the community more and partner with other local non-profit organizations and businesses, while doing more activities downtown. “We’re trying to make ShenArts what it wants to be,” she said. 

Amicucci is the owner and curatorial director of The Gray Galler y on Cameron Street in Winchester, and for the past year she has served as the executive officer for the Creative Crafts Council, an umbrella organization of fine craft guilds in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. 

As the executive director, Amicucci will provide overall executive leadership and will be responsible for directing, managing and administering the organization’s policies, procedures and activities to ensure achievement of the Council’s goals and initiatives. 

“Her curatorial knowledge and expertise combined with her nonprofit knowledge made her an exceptional candidate for us,” said Board President Anita Shull. “Her curatorial work is a great match for the artists to promote their work and it meets the vision of the Shenandoah Arts Board to bring the arts to the people and the people to the arts.” 

Amicucci has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Finlandia University in Hancock, Mich. and a Master of Fine Arts from The Maryland Institute College of Art. She has an extensive background in the arts that includes working with art fairs in New York such as The Contemporary Art Fair NYC and the Sculptural Objects and Functional Art Show, according to the release. 

She has also collaborated with national arts organizations, including the Women’s Caucus for Art and the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts. Locally, she has assisted with marketing at the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture in Maryland. She also has independently curated several exhibitions related to contemporar y craft including “Global Perspectives” and “Sweet and Subversive: Contemporary Feminist Craft.” 

Amicucci will replace Amy Barley of Berryville, who served as interim executive director while SAC’s board of directors conducted a search for a permanent replacement for Tracy Marlatt, who announced her resignation from the position in early October. 

While serving as interim executive director, Barley successfully hosted several ar t exhibition shows, including Black History Month, Youth Art Month and the ArtScape Banner program, according to the release. 

“It is as a result of Amy’s leadership and direction that SAC became a member of the new Artisan Trail for Winchester/Frederick County,” Shull said in the release. “We sincerely appreciate Amy’s contribution to the ongoing success of Shenandoah Arts Council. ShenArts was fortunate to have Amy’s artistic knowledge and experience leading us through the transition.” 

The council began placing ads for the position in mid-February, allowing for a 30-day resume submission period. Seventeen applications from the local and mid- Atlantic area were received. 

— Contact Rebecca Layne at r layne@winchesterstar.com

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