NIAD Art Center board appoints new executive director

NIAD Art Center board appoints new executive director
NIAD Art Center is located at 551 23rd St. in Richmond.

The NIAD Art Center’s Board of Directors appointed Amanda Eicher as the Richmond art studio’s new executive director effective Dec. 3.
Eicher has more than two decades of experience in the nonprofit and arts fields and solid local connections, according to a NIAD statement. Eicher’s experience in “project, team, and grant management, as well as budget oversight,” make her ideal to succeed Deborah Dyer, who is retiring after serving NIAD for the last eight years, the art center states.

“After engaging in a thorough public search process, and taking time internally to evaluate its strategic plan, the NIAD board of directors is confident in its choice of Ms Eicher,” NIAD Board Chair Antonia Dapena-Tretter said in a statement.

Eicher has worked in the disability arts community for over 15 years, having previously served NIAD as a studio facilitator and manager.

In 2001, she founded The Back Room Gallery at Adobe Books, a platform for Mission School artists in San Francisco. From 2003 to 2012, she oversaw operations in San Francisco and El Salvador for San Francisco State University’s short-term study abroad program, The Colima Project, and from 2009 to 2014, she worked with Contra Costa College as a member of the HSI-STEM team, helping to elevate achievement and engagement at CCC for the county’s low-income and Latinx families. She has also worked as a design lead for a municipal art center in Sweden and as an arts instructor for a bilingual public school in East Oakland.
“I see so much potential for continued growth at NIAD – the staff, the board, and the organization as a whole are all well-poised to extend NIAD’s mission in Richmond and far beyond,” Eicher said in the statement. “I am both honored and pleased to return to this vital studio community and to continue building the relationships that best support artistic and personal success for our artists.”
NIAD is bidding a fond farewell to Dyer, who it credited with leading a period of tremendous growth for the art center, which was founded in 1982 by Elias and Florence Katz. Dyer, who had previously worked as assistant director with the Greater Denton Arts Council in Texas, helped launch NIAD “into the contemporary art world while stabilizing NIAD’s finances and building the Board of Directors,” according to the art center.

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