Sawtooth School for Visual Art announces the appointment of Amy Jordan to the role of executive director. Jordan has served in the role of interim executive director for the past three months, stepping in following the departure of former president and CEO Geoff Corbin. Prior to that, she served as the vice president of arts + innovation and in various roles at Sawtooth over the course of the past seven years.

“We’re pleased to appoint Amy to the permanent position of executive director,” says William K. Woltz III, chairman of the board of the Sawtooth School for Visual Art. “Amy quickly jumped into the head role at Sawtooth, successfully navigating challenges and demonstrating her dedication and aptitude for leading the organization. Her devotion to and love for Sawtooth will surely be a great asset to us an organization, and we are very excited to move into our 75th year under her leadership.”

During her time at Sawtooth, Jordan has established new programs, reinvigorated others, and opened new studios for printmaking and textiles. She is a multimedia artist with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Salem College. She developed Sawtooth’s Art and Wellness program, which uses visual arts to help oncology patients and their caregivers cope with stress and complex issues. She has formed numerous community partnerships, including with Speedball, Trellis Supportive Care, Cancer Services, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, SECU Family House, Olio, Mixxer, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools and A/perture. Earlier in her career, Amy ran the Grace Centre Gallery in Asheville. Amy first became acquainted with Sawtooth in high school, when she participated in the Summer Arts Honors Program, which she credits as being a turning point in her lifelong arts journey.

“I’m so excited to lead an Arts organization that has had such a profound impact on my life,” says Amy Jordan. “Sawtooth turns 75 next year and my goal is simple: to work with our talented board and staff so that we can continue to provide outstanding arts and crafts instruction and inspire creativity in our community.”