Blue Sky Gallery is pleased to announce that Lisa DeGrace has accepted the position of Executive Director, effective December 2, 2015. Lisa has spent her career working in nonprofits in Oregon and SW Washington in various leadership and fundraising positions. Over the past 20 years, she has gained a clear vision of what makes non-profits—particularly arts organizations—thrive. Lisa served as the Director of Foundation Relations at the Museum of Contemporary Craft and PNCA during the first years of their joint operating agreement in addition to working for the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and as the Managing Director of Profile Theater. Lisa is also a composer and a performing artist, and she brings a deep passion for the arts and photography to her new role at Blue Sky:

“I admire Blue Sky’s deep roots in the local and national arts scene, its collaborative tradition, and its commitment to the photographers who show their work at Blue Sky. As Portland’s art scene continues to grow and change, Blue Sky, with its 40-year history, has a unique voice in this landscape. I’m excited to work with our board, staff, artists, and arts community to help steer Blue Sky toward its next 40 years.”

Welcome, Lisa!