The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) Board of Directors announced that Annie VanGelderen is the new president and chief executive officer. She has served as interim president and chief executive officer since June, 2011.
BBAC Board Chairman Joshua Sherbin, announced, “On behalf of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Board of Directors and the entire BBAC community, I am thrilled Annie has agreed to continue on as our President and CEO,” said Sherbin. “In the past eight months, she has effectively led the BBAC, demonstrating solid leadership qualities that we feel ensures the proper immediate and long-term future for this regional art center.”
In 2002, VanGelderen initiated the BBAC’s winter fundraiser, Shop & Champagne, a Holiday Shop preview event, which has generated more than $500,000 in revenue since inception. She joined the Board of Directors in 2003. By 2004, she was a member of the Board’s Executive Committee and assumed chairmanship of the BBAC Development Committee. In 2009, as a volunteer, VanGelderen assumed a full time position as enterprises director for the BBAC, managing the art center’s retail Gallery Shop, annual Holiday Shop and event rentals.
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center has been providing “art for all” since 1957 and is a regional non-profit art center committed to promoting the visual arts with classes for all skill levels. Each year more than 500 classes are offered for more than 4,000 students from pre-K to senior citizens. The BBAC features nine classroom studios, four galleries with free exhibits open to the public, outreach programs, ArtBridge, camps and art classes.