Galveston Arts Center “Caps Off” Building Restorations with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

August 15, 2018: Celebrate with us as we unveil the fully restored Galveston Arts Center building, originally built in 1878 for the First National Bank of Galveston. With all rennovations begun before or as a result of Hurricanes Ike and Harvey now complete, this marks the end of a long period of capital campaigning for this 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization.

The result of all this work is a 140-year-old historical gem encased in a façade of neoclassical splendor, boasting white Corinthian columns, prominent Victorian detail, and, of course, the cast-iron cornice crowning the top, which was the final stage in the restoration.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, sponsored by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 5:00-5:30PM on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 outside the building on the corner of 22nd and Strand.

Galveston Arts Center Announces New Executive Director 

May 1, 2018: Galveston Arts Center announces the appointment of new Executive Director Lisa Shaw.  She succeeds the tenure of Interim Executive Director Joanna Bremer, under whose guidance GAC has thrived in the past 13 months.

After an extensive search, the GAC Board of Directors chose Shaw to take the helm and help usher in a new era for the organization.  No stranger to Galveston, she began her career as an intern for the American Undersea Warfare Center at Seawolf Park, where she eventually became Museum Director.  Shaw has spent the past three years as Associate Museum Director for the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, TX.

“Shaw was looking to relocate to the area, and GAC is more than happy to bring her aboard based on her ambitious record of museum management and her desire to focus on philanthropy,” said Doug McLean, president of the GAC board.  Shaw said her goals are to help broaden GAC’s reputation as a leading contemporary arts space throughout the state and build its relationship with the Galveston community.

“Galveston Arts Center would like to thank Jo Bremer for her stellar work generating grant income and as temporary leader,“ said McLean.  “Her efforts stabilized the organization, and her guidance and support encouraged and inspired the GAC staff, who now feel ready and empowered to continue their efforts.”