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Arts and Heritage Center welcomes new director

Posted: February 19, 2014 - 1:27pm

Andree Wallgren is the new executive director for the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta.

A native of St. Louis, Wallgren comes to the arts center after spending 26 years working in event management for the Maritz Corp. in St. Louis.

“I managed the meeting and dining facilities for Martiz,” she said. “Part of that responsibility also included responsibility for all of the art acquisitions for the company.”

Prior to relocating to Aiken in April, she created and installed five galleries that represented the company’s history and its current business philosophy.

Beyond being a part of her job, art and history have been something she grew up enjoying.

“I’ve always been a lover of art and history and was fortunate that my parents instilled that into me growing up,” she said.

So when she found out that the center was seeking to fill the executive director vacancy, she saw it as the perfect fit for the next chapter in her career.

“I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to combine my years of experience in event management along with my love of art and history,” Wallgren said.

Wallgren began her new position Jan. 27.

“I’m amazed at the involvement of the board and volunteers,” she said. “They’ve done an incredible job, along with Lauren Virgo (former Art and Heritage Center executive director), to bring it where it is today.”

Her goals are to build upon that, she added.

“My goals include increasing awareness of the center, increase membership, increase the number of tours we have from area schools and other organizations,” she said. “I would also like to work on adding more classes and workshops for the community to take part in. My goal is to help the center to continue to grow and thrive.”

When she’s not working, she enjoys playing tennis and golf. She also likes hiking, walking and doing yoga every morning.

“Keeping fit is important to me,” she said.

She also loves traveling across the world. Her most recent trip was to Croatia.

As she settles in to her new position, Wallgren is excited about the future of the center and its role in the community.

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to serve the community of North Augusta and help the Arts and Heritage Center to thrive and grow,” she said. “(It) has a really exciting future.”

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