Amanda McClure, executive director of the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, will be leaving in September after 15 years with the Quinlan.
McClure said she gave Quinlan’s board six months’ notice on Monday, and she does not know what her next step will be.
“I don’t have any immediate plans other than to make the transition for the Quinlan as seamless as possible, because I just love this organization, and we’ve got a lot of really great work that we’ve done and a lot of things that are happening,” she said. “I’d like to see some continuity here. But I haven’t figured out what I want to be when I grow up yet.”
The arts center on Green Street hosts free exhibitions open to the public, as well as art classes, camps, parties and other events.
McClure joined the Quinlan in 2004 as its assistant director, then became executive director in 2009. She said some of her favorite memories include giving out scholarships for Youth Art Month, working with artists who come to the Quinlan to teach, and celebrating the Quinlan’s sold-out galas.
She said that by studying art history, she had learned mostly about artists from the past, but the position at the Quinlan has given her the opportunity to work firsthand with current artists.
“All the artists I have met here have been so fun and so fun to know,” McClure said. “Artists are quirky people sometimes, and it’s never a dull moment around here.”
McClure said she hopes the new director brings both new ideas and a willingness to continue the Quinlan’s mission.
“I hope it continues to be a place for families to come and enjoy art and do some hands-on things,” she said. “I hope it continues to be a place where collectors come to purchase art.”