SALT LAKE CITY — Department of Heritage & Arts Executive Director Julie Fisher announced today the selection of Lynnette Hiskey to be the next Director of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.
“Lynnette has the experience to connect with and strengthen arts, museums, and cultural organizations that are key to the local economies of many of our cities and towns in Utah,” Executive Director Fisher said. “She will also continue to foster the strong influence that arts has in our education system statewide.”
“I'm delighted to be appointed to the position of director,” Hiskey said. “I look forward to increasing the awareness of the public value of the arts and museums in education, economic development, and quality of life. Utah has a rich arts and cultural heritage. This is something we should celebrate, preserve, and continue to encourage and promote for future generations.”
The selection comes after a nationwide search for the most qualified candidate. Out of a pool of both local and national candidates, Hiskey was chosen by a search panel, which included the chairs of the Utah Arts Council and Utah Museum Services Board.
“During the hiring process we did a national search and ended up with an excellent bank of candidates,” Dr. Pam Miller, chair of the Utah Museum Services Board, said. “It speaks well for Ms. Hiskey that she stood up against a national corps of candidates and came out ahead of them.”
“As chairman of the Utah Arts Council I am thrilled with Ms. Hiskey’s appointment. She comes to this position well prepared for her duties and is well respected throughout the arts community,” John T. Nielsen said. “As board chair, I congratulate her on her appointment.”
Hiskey has served at the Division of Arts & Museums for the past nine years as assistant director for the division. Prior to that, she managed Salt Lake County’s Zoo, Arts & Parks Program. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.
Hiskey is replacing former director Margaret Hunt, who went on to accept a position in Colorado.