(Medford, OR) – October 9, 2012– The Rogue Gallery & Art Center (RGAC) announced today the appointment of an Interim Executive Director. Kim Hearon will temporarily succeed Jules Masterjohn, who will step down as Executive Director on November 2, after nearly 3 years of service to this vital visual arts organization.

“As a life-long Rogue Valley resident, Kim’s connections to the community are strong. With five years of experience as the office manager at the Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University, she is well-suited to manage a busy visual arts organization,” said RGAC’s Board President Frann Wolfe. “Her appointment allows the Rogue Gallery & Art Center to continue to be a meaningful cultural cornerstone in the region, improving the quality of life in the Rogue Valley.” Hearon will work with RGAC’s Education Director Brooke Nuckles Gentekos to oversee the Exhibitions Program during the interim period.
Hearon offered, “I am excited to be back in downtown Medford with the Rogue Gallery & Art Center. For many years, the Rogue Gallery has played a vital role in connecting the community with the visual arts, and I look forward to helping to continue and expand that mission.”
In addition to serving at the Schneider Museum of Art, Hearon’s experience includes small business management as the co-owner of Molly Reed Gifts and Interiors for 19 years, a well-known downtown Medford business. Hearon’s community involvement includes serving on the Medford Urban Renewal Agency Budget Committee from 1994-2004 and as board member of the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers. Kim received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established regional artists, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages. RGAC is located in Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.

For more information about RGAC call 541-772-8118 or visit www.roguegallery.org.