DCA passes the lead­er­ship torch

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— Af­ter nearly 10 years as Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor at the Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts, Mickey Love is step­ping down from her lead­er­ship role.

She has ac­cepted a po­si­tion with the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion and will be re­lo­cat­ing to West­min­ster.

— Af­ter nearly 10 years as Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor at the Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts, Mickey Love is step­ping down from her lead­er­ship role.

She has ac­cepted a po­si­tion with the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion and will be re­lo­cat­ing to West­min­ster.

“It was a bit­ter­sweet de­ci­sion to leave DCA, as my heart be­longs to the arts,” Love said. “How­ever, the ex­ten­sion post is a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity, and will also al­low me to be a bit closer to my fam­ily in Ohio and Penn­syl­va­nia. Cer­tainly, I will miss the friends I have made here, and greatly ap­pre­ci­ate all who have sup­ported me and DCA over the past 10 years.”

Love came to DCA in 2007, when the or­ga­ni­za­tion was at its 120 High Street lo­ca­tion. Dur­ing her ten­ure, the or­ga­ni­za­tion launched a cap­i­tal cam­paign, which re­sulted in $1.9 mil­lion in ren­o­va­tions of 321 High Street, its cur­rent site.

The 14,000 square-foot fa­cil­ity has al­lowed for ex­panded pro­gram­ming to in­clude di­verse gallery shows; a wider va­ri­ety of in­struc­tional arts for youth and adults; theater; con­certs and a spe­cial event rental venue. The in­creased space has re­sulted in bring­ing mem­o­rable pro­grams to Dorch­ester County to in­clude pre­sen­ta­tions of “God­spell;” “The Amer­i­can Spir­i­tual En­sem­ble;” “The Bal­ti­more Man­dolin Orches­tra;” work­shops by na­tion­ally-rec­og­nized artists like Chris Carter; tour­ing ex­hibits to in­clude “Ex­plor- ing the Tarot: Twenty-three Artists Hook the Ma­jor Ar­cana” and more.

“It is with sad­ness that we say good-bye to Mickey as ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor,” said DCA Board Pres­i­dent Ali­cia Hoff­man. “But at the same time we are pleased she is ad­vanc­ing her ca­reer.”

Al­though Love is leav­ing, the work of DCA will con­tinue on course as the Board has se­lected Barb Seese, the cur­rent Ed­u­ca­tion and Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor, to step in as ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor.

“I have known Barb for sev­eral years and she is an ex­cel­lent, tal­ented pro­fes­sional,” Hoff­man said. “We look for­ward to her lead­er­ship of the DCA or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Seese came to DCA in Oc­to­ber 2013, with more than 20 years in the arts and com­mu­ni­ca­tion field. An East­ern Shore na­tive, Seese grew up in Eas­ton where an early in­ter­est in art led to weekly classes at the Academy of the Arts, now Academy Art Mu­seum, from third grade through high school grad­u­a­tion.

She spent two years at Frost­burg study­ing Fine Art be­fore trans­fer­ring to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Col­lege Park, where she grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Ad­ver­tis­ing De­sign. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, she spent 14 years in Cal­i­for­nia as an Art Direc­tor, with an em­pha­sis on the record­ing in­dustr y, also pro­vid­ing vol­un­teer ser­vice and lead­er­ship to the non­profit sec­tor.

Seese re­turned to the East­ern Shore to be closer to her ag­ing par­ents, and served as pro­duc­tion direc­tor at MTS Broad­cast­ing, fol­lowed by a decade as ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Ox­ford Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

“I’m thrilled and feel priv­i­leged to be tak­ing this next step with DCA,” Seese said. “The past three years of plan­ning and co­or­di­nat­ing classes, sum­mer camp, gallery con­certs and theater, as well as pro­duc­ing the an­nual Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts Show­case, has given me a solid base of un­der­stand­ing for the role that DCA plays in the com­mu­nity. I look for­ward to work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with the board, mem­ber­ship, fun­ders, and stake­hold­ers from the lo­cal to the state lev­els to help shape the arts for the fu­ture.”

Love’s fi­nal day with the or­ga­ni­za­tion is Feb. 16. How­ever, as part of the Artists’ Re­cep­tion at 5 p.m. Feb. 11, DCA will host a spe­cial Se­cond Satur­day Celebration, pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend best wishes to Love. Com­mu­nity mem­bers are wel­come for an evening of hors d’oeurves, bub­bly, mu­sic and tribute.

In the Gal­leries

The DCA will present present in the gal­leries in Fe­bru­ary the Sculp­ture and Pho­tographs of Mark Sch­wenk (Pho­tog­ra­pher/Sculp­tor), Ch­eryl Langlais (Sculp­tor), and Richard Weib­linger (Pho­tog­ra­pher). The show runs from Feb. 3 to Feb. 26, and an artists re­cep­tion will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Satur­day, Feb. 11.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Out-go­ing Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Mickey Love, left, stands with Barb Seese who will be step­ping in as the DCA’s new ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor.

This piece en­ti­tled “Seven Faces” by Mark Sch­wenk and Ch­eryl Langlais is part of the Fe­bru­ary ex­hibit at Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Out-go­ing Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Mickey Love, left, stands with Barb Seese who will be step­ping in as the DCA’s new ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor.

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