Art Partners Studio announces new director

Terry Foreman will take over reins from Lindsay Brinton

Updated at 1:15 p.m. with comment from Lindsay Brinton 

Terry Foreman

Terry Foreman

By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times

The executive director and founding member of Art Partners Studio will turn over the reins of the organization to someone who has also created and nurtured an arts organization. The studio has announced the appointment of Terry Foreman as its new executive director, beginning Feb. 3.

Foreman, a founding member and executive director of the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark, De.,  will replace Lindsay Brinton, Art Partners’ outgoing head, a news release said.

Brinton, who said she had been contemplating retirement for a couple of years and working to facilitate a seamless transition, expressed gratitude for the past seven years.

“I have had the distinct pleasure of working beside many partners who have shared our vision that ART deserves a permanent home in the city,” she said. “With their unstinting support and guidance, the reach of Studio programs is considerable. Today, they touch the lives of over 1,650 residents of all ages each year, not only in our art space, but also via a network of art classes, exhibitions, event activities, and art projects in neighborhoods across the city.”

Kirstin Wentz McElroy, the organization’s board president, said she believed Foreman was the right choice to build on the solid foundation that Brinton created.  “Terry’s enthusiasm for the studio’s mission is combined with experience in nonprofit management, fund-raising, marketing, and program development,” said McElroy. “With Terry, and other partners across the city, we will work tirelessly to grow and sustain a dynamic visual arts education program for Coatesville’s residents and artistic experiences that enrich the lives of our neighbors and the broader community.”

Foreman understands what it takes to “start” something and to create an art presence on Main Street. Now in its 20th year, the c is a thriving community cultural center with two galleries and a busy teaching space open to the public six days a week.  She has worked as an arts advocate and arts program coordinator for over 20 years – most recently as an art teacher in an alternative education setting, Newark Center for Creative Learning School, the release said.

In addition to her arts management experience, Foreman is a working studio artist, exhibiting her photography, fiber arts, mosaics and public murals throughout the region, the release said.

Art Partners Studio is Coatesville’s art studio – a place where artists of all ages, art making, and art are encouraged, supported, and honored. Studio programs partner artists with neighbors through classes, exhibitions, hands-on activities at city events, and community art projects.

Established in 2006, the studio’s overarching goal is to grow an arts resource in downtown Coatesville and simultaneously weave an art network in neighborhoods throughout the city and townships served by the Coatesville Area School District. Art Partners Studio receives generous support from neighbors and the Chester County Community Foundation: Fund for Chester County and Valerie Lamb Smith Art Fund, Citadel, Coatesville Savings Bank, Connelly Foundation, Gunard Berry Carlson Memorial Foundation, Huston Foundation, Di and Dallas Krapf, Marshall-Reynolds Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Springbank Foundation, Rotary Club of Coatesville, Target, and the William Penn Foundation.

To learn more about the Art Partners Studio and Studio programs, visit


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