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Changing Leadership at IAO Gallery

Kendall Brown, who has served as Executive Director of the Individual Artists of Oklahoma for the past two years, has been offered a new position working for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

“Kendall’s passion and enthusiasm for IAO will be missed,” IAO Board President Julie Oseland said. “She has brought new and exciting programing and policy change to help the organization grow, along with being an integral part of the district in which IAO is a part of. We wish Kendall nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”

Brown joined IAO in 2012, and during the past few years has launched several new programs, including:.

-Premiere on Film Row, the district’s monthly art walk that currently sees more than 4,000 people to the district each month

-Art for a Positive Tomorrow, providing weekly after school art lessons to homeless grade school students

-Indoor Urban Park, partnering with Fowler Honda and Bumbershoot PR, IAO brought the sunshine inside with a pop-up urban park during the winter’s dreariest months that served over 5000 children

“My time at IAO has been a wonderful experience,” Brown said. “I am so proud of the programming I have been able to spearhead, and I’m very confident in IAO’s continued upward movement and continued contributions to its neighborhood and community.”

Brown will work closely with Board President Julie Oseland and Board Vice-President Randy Alvarado to ensure a smooth transition, and will continue to serve the organization in an advisory capacity.

The IAO Board has formed a search committee and is currently taking applications for the position. Interested applicants can email their resume, cover letter, and three references to

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