Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill today announced that Julie Madden will serve as the interim executive director of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce.
Madden, who will step down from the council itself to become the Interim ED, is a longtime arts advocate and artist, Madden steps in for Theresa Colvin, who for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Maryland Arts Council Chair Shelley Morhaim said, “Julie Madden's knowledge of and longtime commitment to the arts communities of Maryland make her an excellent choice for interim executive director. I have enjoyed working with Julie in the past and I look forward to working with her in the new position. Her experience and leadership will help the Council build upon its successful record of support for the arts that has made our state a national model.”
A former commodities broker, Madden has more than 30 years of experience in business and in the arts. She serves or has served on the board of directors of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Maryland Commission on Artistic Property, the Maryland Historical Society, and in an ex-officio role at both the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. From 2003 to 2007,
Madden was the director of arts and community outreach for what was then the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. She currently serves on the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission and is a member of this year’s class of Leadership Maryland. Madden holds a master’s degree in decorative arts from the Smithsonian-Corcoran College of Art and Design.