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Ten months after the position was vacated, The Board of Directors of Louisville Visual Art (LVA) announced on January 21 that it has hired Lindy Casebier as Executive Director.
“We are very excited to have Lindy leading the Louisville Visual Art team,” said Hallenberg. “Over the past several months, we conducted a nationwide search and our Board is confident that Lindy has the right experience, energy and leadership qualities to guide us through this exciting time.”
Casebier, a Louisville native, comes to LVA after a long career in Frankfort and Louisville as an arts administrator, arts educator, arts advocate and Louisville legislator, serving for the past nine years in senior roles in the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet. Previously, he was Deputy Secretary since 2007 and before that served as Interim State Historic Preservation Officer and Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Arts and Cultural Heritage. For eighteen years, Casebier also represented Louisville in both the Kentucky State House and Kentucky State Senate, where he chaired the Education Committee for seven years.
“I am deeply honored and grateful for the opportunity to join an organization that has been such a tremendous cultural resource for this community. I look forward to working with such a creative, passionate and dedicated staff and Board as LVA begins this exciting new chapter in the new headquarters in Portland, which will be a “creative hub” for Louisville and the region.
A longtime public school educator, Casebier taught music and was the band director at Valley High School and Frost Middle School from 1982 to 1997, followed by service as Supervisor & Curriculum Specialist overseeing all music programs in Jefferson County Public Schools. In 2002 he became Assistant to the Superintendent for the Oldham County Board of Education and later moved on to his various roles in statewide arts administration.
“He is an accomplished administrator, fundraiser and advocate, but the Board was especially impressed with the depth of Lindy’s experience and commitment to arts education in public schools. More than ever, LVA is absolutely committed to our century of service as a provider of excellent visual arts education to inspire the next generation of leaders in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. We have always had excellent staff in our Children’s Fine Arts Program, and now they have a superb and passionate leader who knows first-hand as a teacher and public schools administrator how to partner with parents and teachers to help our children thrive,” Hallenberg said. He added that the Board and staff were also impressed with Casebier’s work as interim leader of Kentucky’s Historic Preservation Office, a role that will be helpful when LVA embarks on a campaign to renovate its new home in a manufacturing building on Lytle Street in Louisville’s booming Portland neighborhood. “We’re making an historic commitment to the West End and to our community. We think Lindy has the right mix of passion, pragmatism and vision to help our staff and Board encourage imagination and build towards a brighter future.”
In his role as a statewide leader for all of the arts, Casebier has for many years served on the Boards of the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Ballet, and Governors School for the Arts. He also has served as the Kentucky State Captain for Americans for the Arts. He received his BA in Music and MA in Secondary Education from the University of Louisville.