Saralyn Reece Hardy, a Kansas University alumna and former employee of the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, has been appointed director of museums and visual arts for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Hardy was appointed by NEA chairman Bill Ivey and will start her new job Sept. 8.
"Her knowledge of American art, experience in the field and understanding of this agency make her the ideal candidate for this important position," Ivey said in a press release.
Hardy has been director of the Salina Art Center since 1986. Under her direction, the center has expanded its budget tenfold to $500,000, relocated to a renovated downtown space and managed a statewide traveling exhibition program in partnership with the Kansas Arts Commission.
Hardy has served as a juror for the Lawrence Arts Commission and the Kansas City Artists Coalition. In 1998, she served on NEA's Creation and Presentation Panel for Visual Arts and has been active in several national art museum organizations.
She has a master's degree in American art from KU. Prior to her tenure at the Salina Art Center, she worked at the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission and was a research assistant from 1977 to 1979 at the Spencer Museum of Art.