Indianapolis Art Center names new leader-WEB ONLY

The Indianapolis Art Center announced today that it has chosen Carter Wolf as its new CEO.

Wolf, executive director of Indianapolis homeless center Horizon House, will assume leadership July 1. He will succeed Joyce Sommers, who has led the organization the past 33 years.

Established in 1934 during the Great Depression as a Works Progress Administration program, the art center employs 125 professional artists to teach 300 classes each semester to students of all ages. It is located on East 67th Street in Broad Ripple.

The art center’s annual budget has grown from from $20,000 to $3.5 million during Sommers’ tenure.

Wolf has been executive director of the Horizon House for six years. He came to Indianapolis in 1997 as chief policy adviser for community service to former Gov. Frank O’Bannon. In that capacity, he oversaw the Indiana Arts Commission, a statewide organization to promote, fund and expand the arts. In 1999, O’Bannon appointed Wolf as state director of the Indiana AmeriCorps Program.

Wolf’s background in fine arts, education, business and community development provides a perfect fit, said Bob Anker, chairman of the center’s board, in a written statement.

“After an exhaustive national search, we are pleased to find a candidate who has the exact combination of skills and experience we were looking for right in our own back yard,” he said.

Wolf earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Ball State University and began his career as a secondary school art teacher in South Bend. He operated a retail business focusing on contemporary-designed home furnishings before heading a movement to revitalize downtown South Bend in the 1990s.

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