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Vail hires new public art director

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photoA bell by artist Jim Moore was among the pieces of public art installed in Vail Village this year

VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail has hired Molly Eppard as Art in Public Places coordinator. Eppard was selected from five finalists after a national search that generated 38 applicants. She began her new job Oct. 30.

Eppard was most recently the associate director of Hollis Taggart Galleries, Inc., in New York City, which specializes in 19th and 20th century American and contemporary art.

As a top sales associate, she advised clients on acquiring, investing and establishing focused collections of fine art. During her 15-year career at Hollis Taggart Galleries, she was responsible for gallery operations and management, business growth and development, public and media relations, and art registration and handling. Also, as the director for the contemporary division, she was responsible for all phases of exhibition planning and artist representation.

Eppard’s experience in the arts expands on an international level. She coordinated exhibitions for artists whom she represented at a London gallery and in New York for other European artists. She has served as a juror for the Charman Prize at The Masterworks, Museum of Bermuda and for studio and membership selection at The Workhouse Arts Center for the Lorton Arts Foundation in Virginia.

Art in Public Places Board Chairman Doe Browning says the board is eager to draw upon Eppard’s experience in taking the already successful program to new levels.

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Eppard replaces Leslie Fordharm, who resigned earlier this summer to take a similar job in Pennsylvania after serving nearly nine years with the town.

Vail’s Art in Public Places program was established in 1984 with a few pieces of donated sculpture. Today the town’s art collection is valued at over $1.4 million and includes 37 works that range from memorials to playground components. Contests, workshops and exhibitions also are sponsored throughout the year to complement Vail’s cultural offerings.

Art in Public Places’ 2008 winter ice sculpture exhibition was named among the best public art projects in the United States.

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