The Rocky Neck Art Colony Hires Courtney Richardson as Director

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Courtney Richardson as the new Director for Rocky Neck Art Colony. Previously the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Cape Ann Museum, Courtney brings her energy and deep roots in the Gloucester community to Rocky Neck.  As RNAC’s Director she will have the responsibility of implementing RNAC’s mission and be the primary spokesperson for the organization and liaison to the community at large


Courtney Richardson, The Rocky Neck Art Colony’s New Executive Director 

Courtney’s background in history (an MA from Salem State) and teaching (Gloucester High School in the early 2000s) will be put to full use not only as RNAC responds to this difficult year but as it pivots to embrace the future new normal.

Kathleen Gerdon Archer, RNAC’s co-president remarked “Courtney impressed the interview committee with her insightful questions, calm demeanor and suggestions of new areas for outreach. Her references were unanimous in support of her competence. We feel that Courtney’s combination of skills and personality will help position us for growth and all the good things we look forward to achieving. Here’s to the next chapter in the history of the Rocky Neck Art Colony.”


The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies, and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist painters in US art. Edward Hopper and Emil Gruppe are examples. It has as well been a catalyst for the progressive ideas of Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Theresa Bernstein, Milton Avery and Nell Blaine, among others. Today, Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving, creative community.


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