The Chapman Cultural Center welcomes Elizabeth Goddard as the new Executive Director of Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) in Spartanburg, SC. Goddard received her master’s degree in Art Education from the University of New Mexico and her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Pitzer College, California.
Prior to coming to Spartanburg, Goddard served as Director of Exhibitions and Interpretation at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, MI. There, Goddard was responsible for building a school program that served thousands of kindergarten through college-age students, as well as initiating and sustaining program partnerships with other arts and cultural organizations in Grand Rapids. She also implemented new technologies into the gallery experience, a project plan she hopes to initiate at SAM.
Goddard grew up outside of Washington, DC, and has previously lived in Colorado, California, Texas, and New Mexico. She is looking forward to South Carolina’s mild winters and access to the Atlantic. “Embracing a new community is very exciting,” Goddard said. “The people I have met so far have been most gracious and welcoming. I am thrilled and honored that the Board of Directors, led by Chris Kennedy, has brought me into the process of reinvigorating a very important cultural institution. I am eager to get to know Spartanburg, its rich history and the surrounding area, but I am most eager to meet the community and together help grow the Spartanburg Art Museum to its fullest, active and robust future.”
Goddard can be reached via e-mail at (eGoddard@SpartanArts.org) or at Chapman Cultural Center located at 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306.