Arts Coun­cil has a new di­rec­tor

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Board of Di­rec­tors of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil an­nounced that af­ter a two month search, they have hired a new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. Rick Stritt­mater, a graphic artist and and busi­ness­man, as­sumed the po­si­tion on July 1. Stritt­mater will fill the po­si­tion pre­vi­ously held by Belinda Cook, who re­signed from the Arts Coun­cil ear­lier this year.

“We in­ter­viewed a num­ber of very qual­i­fied can­di­dates, but Rick’s back­ground made him a nat­u­ral pick for us,” said Chair­man Tom Helfen­bein. “His artis­tic tal­ents com­bined with his busi­ness back­ground will help us to con­tinue to move the arts coun­cil for­ward,” said Helfen­bein.

Stritt­mater’s art ca­reer be­gan at the Cleveland In­sti­tute of Art, where he earned a de­gree in Graphic De­sign and Il­lus­tra­tion. He served as se­nior graph­ics de­signer at Ac­cent and the Bal­ti­more Zoo, and from 1998 to 2008 was an ad­junct pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Bal­ti­more in the Pub­li­ca­tions De­sign Mas­ters Pro­gram.

In 2003, Stritt­mater started his own very suc­cess­ful graphic de­sign busi­ness, the Black­pool De­sign Group. He has taught cour­ses that in­cluded graphic de­sign, il­lus­tra­tion, and video at Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege, and while there be­came ac­tive in the arts com­mu­nity in Queen Anne’s County.

Stritt­mater, his wife Lori and their two dogs, Win­ston and Salem, re­side in Cen­tre­ville.

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Sum­mer camp, Troop 464.

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Rick Stritt­mater, the new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil in Cen­tre­ville.

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