Ox-Bow appoints new director of development

Kathryn Armstrong. Courtesy Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency

A lakeshore art school welcomed a new member to its leadership team. 

Saugatuck-based Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency appointed Kathryn Armstrong as its new director of development. She began her new role with Ox-Bow Monday, June 6. 

In her new role, Armstrong will oversee the development and implementation of fundraising initiatives to raise support for Ox-Bow programs, operations, scholarships, capital and endowment funds. She also will manage relationships with patrons and sponsors and build and lead Ox-Bow’s development team.

“I’m honored to be selected as the next development director for Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency,” Armstrong said. “The opportunity to work with such a talented team, while helping to advance the mission and be a part of Ox-Bow’s legacy as a space for creativity and experimentation, is beyond thrilling.”

Armstrong comes to Ox-Bow from the Columbia Area Arts Council (CAAC), where she served as executive director. 

“Having previously directed a community arts organization, and with her roots in Western Michigan, Kathryn brings to Ox-Bow an infectious energy and fervent advocacy for connecting and sustaining broad community support for the arts and artists,” said Steve Meier, board president, Ox-Bow School of Art. “We look forward to her leadership in deepening our network locally and nationally.”

Before her work at CAAC, Armstrong taught at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis and served as director for the Basile Center for Art, Design & Public Life. 

She also previously participated in an artist’s project residency at Ox-Bow. 

“Ox-Bow is thrilled to be welcoming Kathryn to our senior management team,” said Shannon Stratton, executive director of Ox-Bow. “Kathryn is passionate about art and artists and is able to translate that to the people who support or want to support the arts with ease.

“She is also an artist herself, with a history as an Ox-Bow resident artist. Having alumni return to the organization to contribute to its stewardship is a wonderful outcome. I can’t imagine a better fit.”

Armstrong holds a Master of Fine Arts in visual art and public life with an emphasis in sculpture from Herron School of Art & Design. She also has a master’s degree in studio art from Eastern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Indiana University. 

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