January 13, 2021

Update on AAC Executive Transition

The Board of Directors is pleased to share that Arlington Arts Center has embarked on a national search for its next Executive Director. AAC has retained Good Insight, an executive search firm headquartered in Washington, DC, to partner with us on this search.

Holly Koons, who served as Executive Director of AAC for four years, departed in October of 2020 to become director of the new Christopher Newport University Fine Arts Center in Newport News, Virginia. The Board of Directors named Blair Murphy, the Curator of Exhibitions, to serve as acting director on a temporary basis.

Over the past few months, the Board of Directors has worked closely with the staff to navigate the challenges of the pandemic-related closures on our core programs. During our December board meeting, AAC adopted a new strategic plan that refines our mission and vision, and underscores our commitment to connecting the public with contemporary art.

AAC’s next phase will focus on strengthening local relationships and building our regional and national reputation. As such, the incoming Executive Director will bring a successful track record in marketing and fundraising and an entrepreneurial approach to the business of running a nonprofit arts center. The next leader must convey enthusiasm for contemporary visual art and artists to different audiences across the region. Previous work or educational experience in the visual arts is preferred but not required to apply for this role.

The full job description and information about the application process can be found on our website. Due to the pace of the search, early applications are encouraged. Referrals and confidential inquiries may be directed to Carlyn Madden or Kessa R. Thompson at recruiting@good-insight.org.


Artist Talks with Andrew Barco and Elliot Doughtie

Saturday / October 21 / 1pm-3pm

Join artists Andrew Barco and Elliot Doughtie for conversations about their solo exhibitions currently on view at MoCA Arlington.

Neon Nights: Gala & Silent Auction

Wednesday / September 27 / 7pm

Join us on Wednesday, September 27 for a special gala and silent auction to benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington. Tickets range from $250 to $500 and include a 3-course dinner, silent auction, and the joy you’ll feel knowing you’re supporting the museum! Can’t attend? Consider sponsoring an artist to attend in your place!

MoCA on the Move at Met Park

Sundays 10am-12pm

MoCA Arlington at Met Park
Fun for the whole family! No Experience Required offers playful art making activities for children (and their curious adults) every Sunday morning. There will be collaborative, community-built art works, and opportunities to “make and take” works, too.