There’s a lot of transition going on at artist-focused nonprofit gallery SPACES in Ohio City, now in its 42nd year with new programming, longtime board members stepping down in favor of new faces, and of course, the departure of executive director Christina Vassello after five years, who oversaw SPACES’ move to a new facility and was a vibrant force in re-animating the organization. She left last month to take a new job in Philadelphia.
SPACES has now announced that it will be in good hands while it mounts a national search for a new executive director starting this month, with Megan Young taking over as interim ED. Young joined SPACES’ staff in 2018 as project coordinator of its international residency program, and was named deputy director in November 2019.
Young is herself an interdisciplinary artist who founded the MegLouise performing arts ensemble and outreach collective, ran an experimental gallery in Chicago and has taught at Baldwin Wallace University, Akron University and Kent State University. Her work includes immersive performances, interactive installation and web-based art.
“She will work closely with me and our board transition team to ensure our exhibition programming and residency programs are running smoothly as we launch a rigorous national search for our next executive director,” says SPACES Board president John C Williams. “I expect the robust track record of artistic recognition, regional support and financial growth that SPACES has earned will help us attract an impressive field of candidates.”