Visual Arts Center of Richmond Appoints Jordan Brown as Interim Executive Director

January 13, 2023 News

Richmond, VA (January 13, 2023) The Board of Directors of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond is excited to announce that Jordan Brown has been appointed interim Executive Director following Stefanie Fedor’s resignation in early 2023. Brown, who has served as Director of Education + Programs for five years, will lead the organization while a national search commences for a full-time replacement.

Fedor served as Executive Director of VisArts for seven years. During Stefanie’s tenure, the organization experienced incredible growth, reaching more than 45,000 people each year through world-class programming and studios.

“Over the past several years, Stefanie and the VisArts team focused on growing our catalog, increasing our attendance and acquiring Granby House to host artists as part of our expanding artist-in-residence program, among other accomplishments. Our entire staff and Board of Directors are grateful for Stefanie’s passionate leadership and years of service,” said Kate Ackerly, VisArts Board Chair.

Brown started her time at VisArts as a front-desk associate before working with community programs like Make Space, Studio S, and Veterans at VisArts. She later grew to lead the education team and the center’s annual programming.

“Jordan knows the organization extremely well. She is esteemed by the entire staff and is respected by leaders and partners in the local arts community. We could not ask for a better person to guide VisArts during this transition period, as we prepare to celebrate our 60th anniversary,” said Ackerly.

Brown spent her childhood in Minnesota but now considers Richmond home. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in painting and printmaking and a Masters in Arts Administration degree from Goucher College, which she completed while working at VisArts.

“Being a part of this organization while it has grown and flourished over the past 10 years has been an amazing experience. It is an important, unique resource and home to so many in Richmond and beyond. I am honored to step into this role and am excited to support this incredible community.” Brown said.

Brown is a board member of Partners in the Arts, a graduate of the Leadership Metro Richmond’s Leadership Quest Program and has been involved with many community organizations in the Richmond region over the years. Please plan to join us for a community meet-and-greet for Jordan Brown on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023.