SUMMIT, NJ - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has announced that Derek Mithaug has joined their staff as Executive Director.
As former Executive Director of The Wharton Music Center (WMC), Mithaug oversaw the acquisition of The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), creating New Jersey’s largest independent community center for the performing arts. The Wharton Music Center has recognized by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation as one of three top organizations to watch.
“Mithaug has the experience to set a new strategic direction to help position the Art Center as a leading Contemporary Arts Center bringing art and people together in the tri-state region,” said Helaine Winer, Art Center Trustee. “Derek brings an impressive background of professional and educational experiences, combined with artistic depth that we believe will strengthen the Art Center.”
Mithaug received an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College in New York, as well as a B.A. and M.A. in music from The Juilliard School.
Regarding the new position, Mithaug stated, “I am thrilled to be joining the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. The level of passion and commitment for the organization’s contemporary art exhibitions, community engagement programs, and studio art classes is exemplary. It is an honor to join a team of so many talented professionals devoted to advancing a mission that makes it possible for people of any age to create, experience, and learn about art.”
Mithaug began his new post on February 18, succeeding Marion Grzesiak who is retiring. After five years at the helm, Grzesiak leaves behind a strong legacy of implementing acclaimed exhibitions and outreach programs among other accomplishments within the New Jersey arts community.