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Nye announces resignation from Arts Council of Lake Oswego

Executive director cites her husband's new job out of state, says she will stay through June 30

REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Nancy Nye, exectuive director of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, poses with one of the sculptures in the city's award-winning Gallery Without Walls. Nye announced Thursday that she will leave the organization on June 30.Nancy Nye, a passionate supporter of the arts and a champion for the award-winning Gallery Without Walls, has announced that she will resign as executive director of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego.

Nye, who has held the position for more than four years, told the council’s board of directors late last month that she will stay on through June 30 to provide “stability and continuity.” She made her decision public Thursday in an email to staff, sponsors, donors and friends.

“My husband has accepted a permanent job offer out of state and I will be leaving to join him in the fall,” Nye said. “Although I am looking forward to this new adventure for our family, I leave Lake Oswego with a heavy heart. I have treasured my time at the Arts Council, and the work has brought a tremendous amount of satisfaction and personal growth. It has been an honor to represent this fine organization.”

Under Nye’s leadership, the council has become one of the area’s most respected arts organizations, offering a rich landscape of cultural opportunities, including a series of rotating exhibits at its 510 Museum and ARTspace. Its Public Art Committee oversees the city’s permanent art collection, and its Arts in Education program brings a variety of activities to local schools.

But the council is perhaps best known for the Gallery Without Walls, a unique collection of sculptures that are on display in public spaces throughout the city. Each year, the public is invited to honor one of those sculptures with the People’s Choice Award; the winner is then added to the city’s permanent collection.

“What we have accomplished over the last several years in Lake Oswego,” Nye said, “has been inspiring.”

Nye said she will work with board members, staff, artists, city officials, volunteers and community partners to ensure a smooth transition. After June 30, she said she will be available, if needed, for a three-month advisory period.

“I leave assured in the knowledge that the organization is robust, our board is strong and our staff is nothing short of stellar,” she said. “They are a cohesive team committed and dedicated to the Arts Council’s mission of providing art for everyone!”

Nye said it is now her goal to “build on these rich experiences in my next position, which will undoubtedly be in the service of culture and community.”

“I’m so very proud to have been a part of this outstanding community,” she said, “and I have enjoyed my role guiding this organization.”