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Wyly names new director

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The Wyly Art Center in Basalt has hired Genna Moe as its new executive director, the nonprofit announced Monday.

Moe replaces Kelly Alford, who has left to concentrate on her graphic-design business, at the helm of the nonprofit. Moe was selected through a national search conducted by the Wyly’s board of directors and the Aspen Leadership Group. She is leaving her post as audience services manager at the Wheeler Opera House to run the Wyly Art Center (formerly known as the Wyly Community Art Center).

“It is our honor to have Genna as the Wyly’s new director,” Wyly board president Jay Magidson said in the announcement. “We are all so pleased to welcome her to the Wyly, and we love her enthusiasm.”

A native of Berkeley, California, Moe studied art history and interdisciplinary art at the University of Washington at Seattle and served as an undergraduate art fellow in Italy for two years, later earning a master’s in arts development and program management from the University of Denver. She has worked in arts administration, management, education, programming and fundraising for more than decade. Locally, before joining the management team at the Wheeler, she developed education and outreach programs at the Aspen Art Museum beginning in 2008.

“I’m honored to help the Wyly realize its great potential as a community leader and regional center of art learning and celebration,” she said in a statement.

Moe is president of the Aspen Young Professionals Association, sits on the board of the Aspen Youth Center and is a recent graduate of Roaring Fork Leadership.

Moe added that she was most excited about “providing leadership and direction during this exciting time of change and development in Basalt — with the goal of revitalizing the downtown core through the promotion of the arts and the expansion of the Wyly to create an artistic hub of the Roaring Fork Valley.”