DAG Board announces Katie Seiz and Laura Ritchie as new Gallery Co-Coordinators
The Durham Art Guild Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the hire(s) of Katie Seiz and Laura Ritchie as Gallery Co-Coordinators. After months of planning, the DAG Exhibitions Planning Committee redesigned gallery programming to provide DAG members, and all Durham artists, with a broader spectrum of exhibition opportunities. In order to efficiently and effectively implement the new programming, Katie Seiz and Laura Ritchie were hired and have been hard at work since August 1, 2012. (For the full announcement click here).
The Durham Art Guild Board of Trustees is excited to have two exceptionally qualified professionals coordinating the galleries for members and the Durham community. “Katie Seiz and Laura Ritchie’s collective investment in the Durham art community will bring positive energy and great changes within DAG and beyond.” says Shannon Leskin DAG Board Chair.
Katie Seizis a Durham-based mixed media artist and accessories designer. Her latest project, I ART DURHAM, is an evolving web and social media based resource for Durham’s visual artists, visual arts organizations, and visual arts enthusiasts. Ms. Seiz was an active member of the preliminary Durham Art Guild Exhibitions Planning Committee.
Ms. Seiz received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts with minors in both Art History and Applied Ethics from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Since her move to North Carolina, Ms. Seiz has interned at the Green Hill Center for NC Art in Greensboro, started her own accessories design business, Vintage Garden Designs, and was a volunteer organizer two years in a row for the Art and Eating Disorders Silent Auction and Art Show benefiting the Duke Center For Eating Disorders. Ms. Seiz also splits her additional work hours between employment at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and Dolly’s Vintage in downtown Durham.
Laura Ritchie is a curator, visual artist and arts instructor in Durham. Laura is the co-founder and director at The Carrack Modern Art, a zero commission community-funded art space on historic Parrish Street in downtown Durham. She also works as an arts instructor at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro and at Durham's HappyMess Art Studio.
Ms. Ritchie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history from UNC-Chapel Hill and studied drawing and oil painting at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. She is the former gallery coordinator at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro and interned with both the Ackland Art Museum and North Carolina Museum of Art. She also coordinated Chapel Hill's 2nd Friday ArtWalk from 2010-2012.
“When I moved here four years ago the arts scene was everything I hoped for- happening, yet evolving. Each year it just gets better and someone implements a phenomenal new idea. We all help to promote one another which doesn’t hurt anything either.” says Ms. Seiz.
“Being a part of the Durham Art Guild is another great way to give back to an art community that I am already invested in and love. We look forward to further strengthening the link between DAG and Durham’s flourishing arts scene.” adds Ms. Ritchie.
We would greatly appreciate your patience and understanding in this transitional and evolving process. We look forward to working with you all and encourage the member base and Durham community to submit and participate in the opportunities that the Durham Art Guild has to offer.
Katie Seiz and Laura Ritchie
Durham Art Guild
Chair, Board of Trustees
Durham Art Guild
Durham Herald Sun article from September 28, 2012 click below!