January 09, 2020

SPACES names Megan Young interim director, prepares to launch national executive director search

(Cleveland, OH) SPACES, the resource and public forum for artists who explore and experiment, has named Megan Young interim executive director following the previously announced departure of former executive and artistic director Christina Vassallo. Young will lead the day-to-day operations of the organization while a national search is conducted for a permanent executive director. The search, led by Dise & Company, will begin this month.

Most recently serving as deputy director of SPACES, Young joined the organization in 2018 and served as project coordinator of the SPACES international artist residency program, before being appointed deputy director in November 2019.

“Having been involved with SPACES as both an artist and a staff member, I’m well acquainted with the operational needs and creative trajectory of our current programming,” said Young. “SPACES has an unwavering passion for and commitment to supporting artists and engaging community. I share that passion and commitment and will apply it to lead the organization through transition.”

Young is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and arts administrator and the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards and a Creative Workforce Fellowship through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Previous experience includes leading Solid Ground, an experimental gallery in the Chicago Arts District; directing MegLouise, a collaborative performance arts ensemble and outreach collective; and teaching at Baldwin Wallace University, Akron University and Kent State University.

Through her individual artist practice, Young has presented work in the International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Hong Kong, Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology at Connecticut College, Open Engagement, Art Souterrain, Chicago Cultural Center, SPACES, Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, and other notable venues.

“Megan has the right experience and credentials to provide steady leadership for SPACES in this interim period,” said John C. Williams, SPACES Board President. “She will work closely with me and our board transition team to ensure our exhibition programming and residency programs are running smoothly as we launch a rigorous national search for our next executive director. I expect the robust track record of artistic recognition, regional support and financial growth that SPACES has earned will help us attract an impressive field of candidates.”

SPACES finished 2019 ahead of its annual fund program goals and launched last week the second year of its unique Urgent Art Fund providing immediate support to artists in their practice. On January 17, SPACES kicks off the 2020 exhibition season with an opening reception and four new exhibitions.

For More Details, Contact:

Hilary Spittle

Board member & Chair, Board Relations

hilaryspittle@eaton.com or (+ 1) 216-712-2005

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