SHERIDAN — The nonprofit Sheridan Artists Guild announced this week that longtime arts advocate Jody Sauers has been named executive director of the organization.
Among its other responsibilities, the Artists Guild operates the Sagebrush Arts Center on Fifth Street.
Charged largely with overseeing fundraising operations, Sauers assumed the post early in February. Board President Edre Maier had been volunteering as executive director in the interim.
“With her background in art and financial services, we feel that Jody is the perfect fit for SAGE and the Sagebrush Art Gallery,” Maier said in a media release.
With her background in advertising, marketing and business, Sauers said she is excited to help grow the Artists Guild and increase its visibility in the community.
“I see it as an opportunity to help grow the arts in Sheridan,” she said.
While most of her professional career has been dedicated to media advertising, Sauers also brings a level of community involvement to the position. Since arriving in Sheridan in 2006, she has volunteered with the Downtown Sheridan Association, the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, the Historic Retail Committee, Rotary Black Tie Bingo, Volunteers of America Barn Dance, Buffalo Bill Days, Third Thursday Street Festival, the YMCA and the Story Arts Station.
Sauers said she hopes to use that experience to help area artists better market their work.
“We have a huge arts community (in Sheridan), and some artists are pretty good at promoting themselves and others not so much,” she said. “I’m hoping I’ll be able to make a difference there.”The Sheridan Artists Guild was established more than 30 years ago and currently counts more than 150 individuals as members.
Funding issues forced the most recent executive director to be cut from the organization’s ranks, but new funding from the Wyoming Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Wolf Creek Foundation and the Seymour Thickman Family Trust made Sauers hiring possible.
The Sagebrush Art Center is located in the historic Train Depot at 201 E. Fifth St. and is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.