ROCKPORT, Maine — Mary Ann Schierholt has been named the executive director of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
An Owls Head resident, Schierholt’s nonprofit experience includes establishing an outreach program for teenagers in New Jersey. She has extensive managerial and real estate experience, as well as degrees in labor and management relations and sociology from Rutgers University.
“I see this as an opportunity to really have CMCA soar with the eagles where it belongs,” Schierholt said Thursday. “It’s an amazing organization [with] a good opportunity for growth and [to] offer more to the public.”
Schierholt takes over for curator Britta Konau, who had been serving as the center’s acting executive director.
CMCA’s most recent executive, Oliver Wilder, who served as president and chief executive officer, left in December 2007.
“We are delighted that Mary Ann will become the executive director of CMCA,” CMCA board of trustees co-chairmen Judith Daniels and Dudley Zopp said in a statement. “She very quickly has come to understand this community and CMCA’s place in it. We believe that she has the skills, the experience, and the energy to lead the organization at this critical time in its history.”
Schierholt’s husband is documentary filmmaker Dale Schierholt, whose recent work includes films about Robert Indiana, Louise Nevelson and Harold Garde.
Mary Ann Schierholt’s experience lies in business, although she is a longtime volunteer at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland and said she has spent a lot of time around some of the artists with whom her husband has worked.
CMCA, which began in 1952 as Maine Coast Artists, focuses on Maine’s role in the development of American art.