The Bascom Names Dr. Karin Peterson Executive Director
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The Bascom welcomes Dr. Karin Peterson as its New Executive Director.
The Bascom, Highlands’ Center for Visual Arts that’s earned a regional reputation, will welcome Dr. Karin Peterson as its new Executive Director, starting mid-April.
Dr. Peterson comes to The Bascom with more than twenty years of service on the faculty of Sociology at UNC Asheville and has recently served as Interim Provost at UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, and Interim Provost at UNC Asheville.
A sociologist of art, Peterson brings an interdisciplinary approach to visual culture and an appreciation for the resonating power of art for individuals and communities. Peterson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia (Charlottesville) and an advanced degree from L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).
When asked about her new role, Peterson said, “I am elated to serve an organization that has a strong vision for its future, a talented staff, and a dedicated Board of Directors. The Board and Staff have adopted an ambitious strategic plan whose realization will allow us to best serve the multiple communities in our region with innovative programming that impacts people of all ages, and that addresses the connections between the arts, education, and wellbeing. It is a privilege to join them at this pivotal moment.”
In announcing the new Executive Director for The Bascom, Board Chair Bill Reeves stated, “Attracting Karin Peterson as ournew Executive Director is a transformative development in the history of The Bascom. On behalf of the Board, the staff, andour loyal supporters, we are delighted to welcome Karin to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and to The Bascom.”