A painter from Pennsylvania who helped drive his state’s arts endeavors to new heights has been appointed executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust.

Brian Rogers, deputy director of Pennsylvania’s Council of the Arts will begin leading the two agencies in July.

Portlander Greg Netzer of the Vancouver communications agency AHA! was also a finalist, along with Joyce Bonomini of Florida.

Announcing Rogers selection Tuesday, Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins said the strength of the arts and culture throughout Oregon drives both the entertainment industry and the overall economy. “Brian is an experienced leader and arts administrator who is clearly adept at systems and strategy. We believe he will be a persuasive and compelling advocate for the arts, heritage and humanities.”

The public was invited to meet the finalists Tuesday at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, and at a Salem forum at the Oregon State Capitol.

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