NCGC Welcomes New Executive Director!

North Carolina Glass Center (NCGC) has selected Stefanie Gerber as its Executive Director. Stefanie Gerber previously served as Executive Director of Asheville Area Arts Council. 

Ms. Gerber, whose previous work experience includes Educator of Public Programs at The Frist Art Museum in Nashville and Galleries & Collections Manager at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, was originally hired by the Asheville Area Arts Council in 2016 as its Director of Operations. She quickly assumed its leadership role of Executive Director during a major staff restructuring after just a few months on the job.

During her tenure as Executive Director of the AAAC, the organization experienced transformative growth – both in community impact and membership. Gerber played an instrumental role in the AAAC’s creation and management of the Refinery Creator Space, which has established much needed affordable studio space for individual artists and arts-based nonprofits in downtown Asheville’s South Slope Innovation District. 

"We are delighted to welcome Stefanie Gerber as the new Executive Director at the North Carolina Glass Center,” says Tom Oreck, Chairperson of the NCGC. “From her leadership in the Arts community to her relationships with local and state officials to her many successes in grants and fundraising, her passion, experience and commitment to the Arts makes her an exciting choice to direct the North Carolina Glass Center. We all look forward to her leading staff and artists as we move together to fulfill our mission."

Ms. Gerber will work closely alongside the staff and board to plan an upcoming hot shop renovation to extend NCGC’s capacity to serve artists, students, and visitors through the installation of a third glass blowing workstation, a new hood, enhanced viewing experience for glass enthusiasts, and expansion of the gallery. She will also help increase NCGC’s capacity to serve our neighbors in the River Arts District and underserved members of our Western NC community, helping foster love for the arts, build stronger community bonds, and invest in the future of our region.

“The hard work of the staff, board, and artists over the years has established the North Carolina Glass Center as a hub for the craft and artistry of glassblowing in Western North Carolina,” says Ms. Gerber. “I am thrilled to be joining the team and working closely with everyone to help continue the forward trajectory while further developing community outreach programs, seeking grants to bolster the organization and widen its focus, and ensuring and growing the livelihood of local artists who are the heart and soul of the Glass Center.”

North Carolina Glass Center Growing and Transitioning

September will mark a transition in leadership for the NC Glass Center, as Executive Director Kari Rinn departs to pursue her own artistic interests.

Photo by Audrey Goforth

Photo by Audrey Goforth

"Working with the NC Glass Center has been an incredible learning experience and a great honor. It has been an amazing first two years in operation, which has marked incredible progress, success and accomplishment. The artists, creativity and historic legacy of this region have created a rich glass community I am proud to be part of. The willingness of the creative sector in this region to share, collaborate and come together has been absolutely amazing; it is a huge success story.

I am incredibly excited about what is next for the NC Glass Center."

The NC Glass Center Board of Directors has opened the search for it's next innovative leader. Resumes will be accepted until a new director is located.