UNCW names new arts director

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Kristen Brogdon. Photo courtesy UNCW.
Kristen Brogdon. Photo courtesy UNCW.

UNC-Wilmington has a new leader of campus arts.

Following a national search, university officials have named Kristen Brogdon as director of the Office of the Arts. She will assume the role on July 1, but will begin transitioning into the position as the office’s part-time director this week.

“Kristen’s background, passion for the arts and enthusiasm to work with the Wilmington community made her an ideal fit as director and at UNCW,” UNCW’s incoming Interim Provost Marilyn Sheerer said.

This new position–created in March when UNCW decided to merge its two student performing arts groups–will oversee all arts programming in UNCW’s five academic departments and those two student-supported units, previously housed under Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

As director, Brogdon will oversee the coordination, planning, communications, marketing and public relations of UNCW’s regionally focused arts programs, according to a release from the universirty. She will also be responsible for cultivating innovative partnerships and connections on campus and with key community partners, and will handle fundraising for the Office of the Arts and its programs.

“UNCW is a wonderful campus and I’m eager to begin working with students, faculty and staff to help develop creative, educational and high-caliber experiences for a variety of audiences,” Brogdon said. “This is an exciting opportunity that will allow UNCW to further engage with our community and create new offerings through collaborations with members in the arts community nationwide.”

Brogdon’s is the former general manager of Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago and director of dance programming at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She also previously worked as general manager of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, where she was responsible for the operations, creating an administrative structure and curating the first Ballet Across America festival.