Passing the torch

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Melissa Cadmus

Cadmus begins tenure as AOG curator

Area art lovers attending events and activities at Arts on Grand are likely to see a new face moving behind the scenes, as AOG has hired a new curator. Taking over for Joanne Schar, who has served in the capacity for nearly 20 years, Melissa Cadmus said she had big shoes to fill, but was excited for her new role in the community.

“I’ve been living in town for about two years and had a chance to get to know the community, how Arts on Grand fits into the community here, so it’s a really nice transition,” Cadmus said. “I’ve been volunteering on and off for Jo (Schar) since I moved here, so I know my way around the studio, I know where things are, that makes it a lot easier.”

The curator said her focus going forward would be increasing community participation in the Grand Avenue space.

“I have a background in studio art,” Cadmus said. “I got a degree from the University of Minnesota in 2001, and I have been working in the arts on and off throughout the last 10 years. I am really excited to finally be able to apply skills I haven’t been able to apply at other jobs. Because I have a studio art background, it’s a really great fit with trying to get the studio more active here at Arts on Grand.

“There’s a fabulous space downstairs for ceramics and 2-D art. We’re hoping not only to increase classes but the open studio time; and get more people in here creating. This space is not just a gallery space and a store but also a great opportunity to add to the curriculum for high school students. ... It’s also a place outside of school that they can create, as well as a spot that families can create together because there’s no age limits here. I’m hoping to see more parents with their kids coming in to play and create together.”

Schar said Cadmus was a perfect fit for the role, but noted she would not be “riding into the sunset” yet.

“I’m very happy that Melissa was interested in this job and I’m happy to help her through these next exhibits,” Schar said.

Schar said her retirement would allow her to do some traveling which would have been constricted before.

“I’ve got some trips in mind, of things that I now will be able to do,” Schar said.

Arts on Grand’s current exhibit, “High School Art,” will be on display in the gallery until April 6.

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