James River Council for the Arts and Humanities welcomes new Executive Director

Lynchburg, VA - The James River Council for the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce the hiring of Cameo Hoyle as its new Executive Director. She comes to Lynchburg from Colorado where she served as Director of Programs and Interpretation at the Telluride Historical Museum for four years after five years as a volunteer.

Hoyle recently completed a Visiting Professional Fellowship at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., where she started the planning for a nationally-traveling portrait exhibit. With ten years background in the arts and humanities, museum directorship, fine art gallery management, and committee leadership for the American Association for State and Local History, Hoyle is acquainted with the needs of an arts and culture community. Coming from a small mountain resort town whose economic success depends on a thriving arts and humanities community, Hoyle hopes to ignite renewed interest in making Lynchburg a hub of the arts for this region.

"The James River Council for the Arts and Humanities Board of Directors is thrilled to have a director of Cameo's experience and vision," said David Neumeyer, JRCAH Board President. "Our search committee included a variety of city leaders, and the members unanimously agreed that Cameo was the right person for this job."

As Executive Director, Hoyle will oversee an organization that advocates for the arts in Lynchburg and its surrounding areas, builds cultural community relationships, and acts as a resource for artists and arts and humanities organizations.

"It's an honor to be selected as the Executive Director," said Hoyle; "the work of this organization is needed now more than ever as the James River Arts and Cultural District continues to grow and enrich this community. I'm looking forward to being a part of the supporting network and fanning the fire."

Hoyle developed some of her leadership skills as a student at Randolph-Macon Woman's College: "my major in Studio Arts always pushed me to discover and overcome limitations; not only to push the boundaries, but break through! I think Jerry Garcia says it best when considering what the arts and humanities council is working toward: 'Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart, you just gotta poke around.'"

Hoyle is also a working artist, having just completed a solo show of twelve pieces at Melnge Gallery in Telluride, Colorado. "The Board of Directors sees her artistic accomplishments as an asset to the Council; she knows from the inside what it means to create" said Neumeyer. With acute awareness of artists' needs, Hoyle hopes to incorporate new programming at JRCAH that will assist visual artists, musicians, and stage performers in marketing, networking, and refining their craft. "The Arts and Humanities Council is the biggest advocate for the arts in Lynchburg. We have a good foundation, and now it's time build."A welcome reception for Cameo Hoyle will be held at the JRCAH office, suite 103 of Riverviews ArtSpace,, on Thursday July 17th from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Artists, cultural advocates, art supporters, musicians, hula hoopers, theater junkies, break dancers, knitting addicts and all others are invited to attend.