Beverly joined the Rockport Center for the Arts in November 2005. During her tenure, she and her team reached multiple significant milestones for the center and our community, including selection as one of the "Top 10 Coastal Art Colonies" by Coastal Living Magazine and five new sculptures by internationally-renown sculptors installed in the Sculpture Garden. Beverly’s leadership has also manifested in a 55% growth in Lifetime Benefactors at the center, who individually and collectively, produced an annual Artist in Residence Program bringing exceptional national and international artists to our area, the $2,000 Susie Love Scholarship awarded annually to a Rockport-Fulton High School student; sold-out Art Auction Gala for the last five years, and the most successful Annual Art Festival in 2014 which attracted 11,000 art patrons.
“Working with gifted colleagues Karen Ernst, John Aasp, Taylor Hendrix, and Elena Rodriquez, as well as outstanding Board Members and generous art patrons, it has been my privilege to serve the exceptionally creative artists in our community. Our team has developed an open Art Center that truly embraces people in Rockport, Fulton, and the surrounding area while also welcoming tourists from all over the world. We believe in creating authentic, long-term relationships with people who know the power of art to inspire, enliven, and heal. For many of us, we live out ‘art and life.’ My personal passion has been to ensure that the Center has effective financial management, and that there are sufficient financial resources to support the growth of the Art Center into 2019, the Center’s 50th Anniversary,” says Beverly, of her time leading the Rockport Center for the Arts.
“Beverly dedicated herself to cultivating our art colony, promoting Rockport-Fulton, and all of Aransas County as an arts and cultural destination, expanding the scope of educational programs, and doing this on a firm financial basis. She has thrown open the Art Center’s doors to make us feel that the Art Center really belongs to us and is worthy of our support and contributions,” says Past Board President Mary Lynn Painton. "Beverly leaves a legacy of vision, innovation and community involvement."
Current Board President Mitchel Wess states, “It is indeed inspirational to observe Beverly in action. Her extraordinary people skills allow her to embrace the myriad of personalities, along with their agendas, in a seemingly effortless manner to ensure that everyone feels heard and valued. She is truly a gifted leader.”
Beverly’s focus on open partnerships and inclusion with artists, residents, governmental organizations, and tourists combined with effective financial management has positioned The Art Center for the next exciting phase of its development as it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019.