Pilchuck Welcomes Christopher Taylor as Executive Director

Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:00 pm

The Pilchuck Glass School board is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher R. Taylor as incoming Executive Director. After a six-month international search led by Arts Consulting Group in partnership with the Pilchuck Board of Trustees, Taylor was chosen to lead the school as it approaches its 50th anniversary (2021) and beyond.

Taylor’s career is one that is rooted in service to the arts, with over two decades in arts administration. As the current President for The Clay Studio in Philadelphia (since 2011), in his tenure Taylor is credited with significant organizational growth, audience expansion efforts, and unprecedented fundraising successes; a unique skillset that will aid Pilchuck Glass School as it looks towards expanding outreach programs to youth and underserved groups in the region.

"We are delighted to have Chris take the helm of Pilchuck Glass School." shares Kent Carlson, Board President. "The board and staff are energized by his approach to emboldening both audience development and engagement. An artist himself, his perspective will help enrich the student experience that we continually strive to enhance each year. We value Chris’s experience and track record in sound management and development."

Chris sits on the Board of the American Craft Council and the Advisory Boards of the Arts and Business Council of Philadelphia and the Chicago Brewseum. He has served as a grant review panelist for the PA Council on the Arts, the Independence Foundation, Windgate Charitable Trust, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

He holds a Masters in Arts Administration & Policy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and from Indiana University of Pennsylvania a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Religious Studies.

Carlson continues, "Chris joins Pilchuck Glass School at the close of James Baker’s eight-year tenure and retirement after a nearly four-decades-long career in arts administration. The board is thankful for Jim’s contributions and service to the school; including the expansion of programs and scholarship support, major campus facility and equipment improvements/upgrades, revitalization of the annual art auction, and introduction of a vibrant exhibition space in Seattle."

"I am thrilled to accept the opportunity to be a part of Team Pilchuck and lead this celebrated organization." shares Taylor."For years I have admired Pilchuck Glass School and the many artists who credit its renowned educational experience and unique environment in their development. The versatility of glass is layered with complexity and possibility, when it’s used alone and when it’s used in partnership with other mediums. As Pilchuck looks forward, I’m excited to support the advancement of outreach programs, continue improvements of campus facilities and offerings, and build upon its excellent legacy as an international center for artists."

We look forward to introducing Christopher Taylor as the next Executive Director of Pilchuck Glass School later this spring, as his appointment will overlap with Interim Executive Director Ethan Stern.

"To be a part of Pilchuck’s rich historic timeline and partner with board and staff to develop its future is an incredible opportunity, and one I heartily embrace."