Garrison Art Center Names New Director

Co-founder of Embark Peekskill to succeed Carinda Swann

The Garrison Art Center has named Katie Schmidt Feder as its new executive director. She succeeds Carinda Swann, who will retire in December.

For the past five years, Feder has been executive director of Embark Peekskill, which she co-founded. It provides space for artists and writers to teach, collaborate, create and perform.

Katie Schmidt Feder

Katie Schmidt Feder

Feder holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in musical theater and dance with a technical emphasis in costume design and fine art, as well as a master’s degree in arts administration from Goucher College near Baltimore. Her thesis focused on supporting self-taught, “outsider” artists.

After moving from Brooklyn to Peekskill in 2003, Feder worked as a director, designer and teaching artist in studios and schools throughout the Hudson Valley, including at the Garrison School, Peekskill High School and Hudson River Performing Arts in Fishkill. Her professional life has ranged from theatrical performance, direction and choreography to jewelry, scenic, costume and graphic design.

Becky Gordon

Becky Gordon

The art center has also named Becky Gordon as its education and exhibitions coordinator, succeeding Melissa Schlobohm, who wanted to spend more time on her career as an artist but will continue to teach printmaking at the center.

Gordon, who has a degree in art education from The Ohio State University, was most recently director of sales and marketing at Niche Modern in Beacon.

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