Klisser During to step down as WAC artistic director
Klisser During, who has worked six years at the arts center, said she plans “to devote full time to special projects and advising domestic and international clients,” according to a statement released by the center. She plans to officially step down Dec. 1.
“I am deeply grateful for my six years at the Westport Arts Center, and having the trust and creative license to use the center as a canvas for a global and hyper-local dialogue with our dynamic community prompted by pictures on a wall,” Klisser During said in the statement.
William Felton, the chairman of the Westport Arts Center Board of Directors, said the center plans to continue its schedule of planned exhibitions and events.
Klisser During joined the Westport Arts Center in 2009 as director of visual arts and became the artistic director in 2014.
During her tenure, Klisser During brought “world-class artists, personalities and exhibitions to the Center, including Christo, Chuck Close, Edward Burtynsky, Eric Fischl, Lynsey Addario, Robert Cottinghan, William Wegman, Robert Storr, Roz Chast and Helen Clark,” the arts center said.
She helped to organize such programs as the Westport Artists’ Collective, which now has 150 members, the ArtCafe and blog, the ArtSpeaks conversations and speakers, and ArtSafari expeditions to museums, galleries and art fairs.
In her letter of resignation, Klisser During wrote, “The highest note, however, has been developing great respect and love for the Westport Arts Center Board, staff and members.”
“Helen has made extraordinary contributions to the Westport Arts Center and has always ensured the highest standard of quality and creativity,” Felton said in the announcement of her resignation. “We deeply appreciate the time and energy she has given to further the Arts Center’s mission.”