The Djerassi Resident Artists Program has chosen Margot H. Knight to be its new Executive Director.
Since 2001 Knight has served as President and CEO of United Arts of Central Florida, headquartered in the Orlando area. She will succeed Dennis O’Leary who retired in August after serving as Executive Director for 14 years.
Rodney Pearlman, Chair of the DRAP Board of Trustees, described Knight as an outstanding choice to succeed O’Leary, citing her accomplishments at United Arts of Central Florida, her passion for artists and their creative process, and her management and organizational skills. “We chose a person who can lead our organization through its next phase of growth,” Pearlman said. “Although we had a large number of highly-qualified applicants, Margot was our first choice on many levels.”
Pearlman praised O’Leary for his successful tenure as Executive Director, and his role in increasing the participation of artists from diverse ethnic and geographic backgrounds. He noted that DRAP would soon increase the number of residencies offered, following completion of the Diane Middlebrook Memorial Writers Residence. “We’re excited about the Program’s future and believe, with Margot’s leadership and vision, it can enhance its mission to support the creativity of artists by providing them ‘the gift of time.’”
Knight stated, "I have spent my adult life supporting artists and the organizations that showcase and employ them. The opportunity to build on Dennis's leadership and advance the Djerassi Program's critical mission to provide space and time for artists from around the world is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." Knight will join the Djerassi Program in early November.
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