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Brian Rogers named Executive Director of Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust

Brian Rogers, New Executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust
June 3, 2014
Brian Rogers of Pennsylvania named Executive Director of Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust 

Brian Rogers –  an accomplished painter, arts and culture consultant and the former deputy director of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts – has been named the next executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust. Rogers was appointed today by Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins following a months-long search that culminated with community forums in Portland and Salem Monday.

“The strength of the arts and culture throughout Oregon not only drives economic impact on its own, but is critical to attracting talent for our growing companies and providing a quality of life that we all value in our communities,” said Robbins. “This extensive and inclusive search process has provided a candidate that has a demonstrated track record of moving state arts initiatives forward, and I am eager to work with him.”

“We’re delighted by this appointment,” said Julie Vigeland, chair of the Arts Commission, and Bob Speltz, chair of the Cultural Trust board of directors. “Brian is an experienced leader and arts administrator who is clearly adept at systems and strategy. We believe he will be a persuasive and compelling advocate for the arts, heritage and humanities.

“Rogers also was the choice of the Oregonians who participated in the process,” they added. “We are very grateful to those who took the time to attend the forums and share their feedback.”

During his 21 years with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), Rogers also served as deputy director of administration, program director for art museums and fellowship manager. Since leaving the council in 2013, he has consulted with state arts agencies across the country about grant programs and funding.

Rogers played the key leadership role in the development and implementation of the “Cultural Data Project (CDP),” the public/private partnership of an innovative and groundbreaking data collection and reporting tool. He also served on the governing body for the CDP and as the state’s task force manager. In addition, he implemented several PCA programs and services including Picture Pennsylvania, a state-wide traveling exhibition program.

Among Rogers’ accomplishments in Pennsylvania were decentralized funding partnerships and initiatives for alternative funding options. He also implemented four strategic planning processes, one of which resulted in the nationally recognized re-organization of PCA’s responsive funding programs, providing a higher level of service and more than doubling the number of applicants funded.

Rogers holds a bachelor’s in fine arts from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, where he majored in painting, and a masters in fine arts from the Graduate School of Art at the University of Arizona.

He will begin his new role in July.

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