McKINNEY (April 8, 2015) — The Heard-Craig Center for the Arts announces the appointment of Lynn Rushton as its new Executive Director after a regional search.

“We are very excited to announce this appointment,” reported Debbie Denissen, president of the Heard-Craig Trustees. “Lynn brings leadership and creativity to the Center’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to our community’s love of art.”

“She has run museums and art galleries, worked in development and funding, and most importantly worked with communities, donors, art work and artist.”

As Heard-Craig executive director, Rushton promotes programming to showcase the museum’s fine art, decorative arts and historic artifact collection with engaging activities. With over 20 years of love for the Arts, Rushton characterizes herself as an art and history advocate. She believes that people remember their culture and history by creating experiences. Included in Rushton’s resume is a strong background in Art History, work at major museums, a Master’s of Arts Education and degrees from Vanderbilt University in Fine Art and Communication.

Prior to this position Lynn served as a Museum Curator for the City of Grapevine.

Choosing a new Director was challenging. After a regional search and selection process, where over 25 candidates were reviewed, finalists were then, interviewed by the Trustees for The Heard Craig. Rushton fills the vacancy created by Barbara Johnson’s retirement in January.

Tours of the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts are conducted every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. For the Second Saturday Art Walk, the Carriage House or garden will offer engagement activities. For the schedule or for more information, please visit heardcraig.org.

 

About the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts

The Heard-Craig Center for the Arts was founded in 1971 as a non-profit to foster the arts through exhibits and educational programs. With a collection of Texas art, decorative arts and historic artifacts, the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts is dedicated to preserving and promoting regional art, culture and history. The mission of the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts is to continue Kathryn Heard-Craig’s vision to foster the arts through exhibits and educational programs, extend meeting privileges to historic/educational clubs, and preserve the Heard Craig properties and collections. Located in the heart of the McKinney Historical District, the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts contains a big, yellow Victorian house, a carriage house and gardens. It is located one block off the square at the corner of Hunt and Church streets (205 W. Hunt St., McKinney, TX 75069). For more information, visit heardcraig.org.