The Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado has announced that Nancy Wilhelms, who successfully led the organization for five years, will step down as executive director at the end of the year. Wilhelms will continue to head the institution as it searches for a successor to ensure a smooth transition in leadership.
“During her tenure, Nancy has been instrumental in the successful growth of the Ranch,” board chair David Fuente said in a statement. While Wilhelms was at the helm of the organization, the Ranch increased its operating budget by 34 percent and its endowment by 27 percent. She also helped enhance programs such as the “Featured Artists Series,” which invited Frank Stella, Christo, Marina Abramović, Theaster Gates, Steve McQueen, Carrie Mae Weems, and Catherine Opie, among other artists, to the arts space, and she spearheaded the development of the new “Critical Dialogue Program,” the “Advanced Mentored Studies Program,” and other initiatives.
Commenting on her departure, Wilhelms said, “I am looking forward to pursuing new opportunities in arts and culture, and working with the board to help the Ranch enter the next phase of its growth. I plan to remain a very active member of the Ranch family and community.”
Before her appointment as executive director in 2013, Wilhelms served as the director of marketing and communications since 2011. Prior to joining the Ranch, she served as president of WestGroup Marketing Communications, Inc., a firm she founded in 1982.