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Brock takes the reins of the arts foundation

by: , Cheryl Brock

Cheryl Brock has been hired as the new executive director for the Lake Oswego Foundation for the Arts.

The position has been empty since April when Elaine Harper, the first director of the five-year-old foundation, retired. Susan Bitzer, head of the foundation's downtown arts committee, has been acting as the interim director.

Brock joins the foundation after six years as the first executive director of Flagstaff (Ariz.) Cultural Partners where her responsibilities included reopening and managing the Coconino Center for the Arts. Prior to Flagstaff, she managed a variety of art and cultural organizations including the Cultural Center in Bozeman, Mont. and the Children's Museum of Spokane in Wash. Her background also includes 12 years in corporate marketing.

The Lake Oswego Foundation for the Arts manages the Gallery Without Walls, the outdoor sculpture program; the Chronicle Exhibit at the Lakewood Festival of the Arts; and the artist-in-residency programs in the schools.