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SEATTLE - The Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists announced today the new Board President for 2015, Katherine Troyer. Troyer first joined PSG as a Signature Member in 2002 and served as Board Vice President in 2014.

“The election of Kathy Troyer as the new PSG President further strengthens and continues the progress made during the past year,” said 2014 PSG Board President, Phillip Levine. “As Vice President, Kathy’s thoughtfulness and intelligence for both the short and long term planning was critical in achieving significant results. Her innate understanding of our history, membership, finances and governance are essential to our success. Working with Kathy last year was rewarding and enriching both to the group and myself.”

Under Levine’s leadership, PSG experienced significant growth in membership and community support. The organization was honored to join Springboard, a cohort-based planning program for small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations designed to provide staff and board leaders with skills, tools, and information they need to lead in challenging times and to advance their organizational missions. During Springboard, PSG established a new strategic plan and governance structure. The organization is reconsidering their role in the artistic community of the Pacific Northwest as well as the globally connected art world. They are committed to researching, developing and optimizing digital media platforms that will generate innovative marketing and exhibition opportunities for members.

Troyer has bold plans for PSG and will focus on four core visions throughout her tenure as President:

  • Philanthropy: Create new opportunities for community philanthropic partnerships

  • Membership: Increase benefits for existing members and double the number of new members

  • Exhibitions: Implement a curated, traveling exhibition program and develop online exhibition platforms

  • Fiscal Health: Ensure longterm financial health for the organization through generating revenue through grants, sales of member artwork and the annual fundraising auction

“I am honored to be leading this distinguished artist association,” said Troyer. “It is a privilege to join and revive the rich history of PSG, discovering new ways to serve both our members and the broader community .”

About PSG

Founded in 1928, PSG is one of the oldest artist associations in the United States. Their mission is to encourage, educate and promote a community of professional visual artists. They are dedicated to providing members with opportunities for career development, visibility and collegiality through community partnerships, expanding member services, events and exhibition opportunities.

About Katherine Troyer

Katherine W. Troyer is a contemporary realist painter. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, her authentic voice ascribes to her early rearing with a sensitivity towards history and the arts. From a very young age, drawing and painting were a cultivated extension of an unaffected response to the natural world. Explorations progressed through local museums, community centers and Cornish summer programs.

Jesuit education at Seattle University expanded her philosophical and artistic muse. Undergraduate and post-graduate coursework included art history and painting with Pacific Northwest artist’s Val Laigo and Nick Damascus. While raising a family of four successful children, Katherine continued to pursue her passion through local artist collectives, museums, senior centers and artist studio workshops. During studies with Cary Juriaans in 2007, she was introduced to Tenaya Sims where classical studies progressed for two years in his atelier at Fall City Fine Arts. In 2009 Kathy had the opportunity to study and copy the masters of the Italian Renaissance for seven weeks with Juliette Aristides Drawing Workshop in Florence, followed by independent study in Paris. Upon her return home, she immersed herself for the next three years in the study of human anatomy, figure, portrait drawing and painting under the direction of Tenaya Sims at Georgetown Atelier. Additionally, Katherine studied anatomy and ecorché with Matt Buckner and Geoff Flack at Seattle Sculpture Atelier, along with four consecutive summer workshops with Michael Grimaldi from Janus Collaborative School of Art.

In November of 2012, Katherine was invited and became a signature member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters, established in 1928. Inspired by the American Realist tradition, she continues working to refine her craft. The journey proceeds among the rich, talented tradition and collective of Pacific Northwest painters in Washington State.