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Grand plans for art’s grande dameAllison McCarthy: Grand Plans for Art’s Grande Dame

By Jaclyn Emerick

Determined to prove art is for everybody, Allison McCarthy, new executive director of  LeMoyne Center for Visual Arts, ambitiously plans to double the group’s membership within the next two years.

“It’s going to be hard, but it’s a big thing for me. I love the challenge,” McCarthy said.

The 31-year-old is hoping to encourage up-and-coming art lovers to join the organization – in part by leading a drive for more avant-garde art – while maintaining LeMoyne’s status as the backbone of the local art establishment.

“I intend to maintain what people expect and love from LeMoyne, but I am going to add a twist,” said McCarthy, who came to Tallahassee five years ago to work for the Department of State. “It’s going to be innovative, hip and unique. It’s going to be a new LeMoyne.”

McCarthy’s degree in historical preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design should come in handy since her new workplace includes two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

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