Posted December 12, 2023

Piedmont Arts bids farewell to exhibits and marketing director Bernadette Moore

It is with mixed emotions that Piedmont Arts announces the departure of Bernadette Moore, their esteemed director of exhibitions and marketing, after 17 years of dedicated service. Bernadette's passion and commitment have significantly contributed to the success and growth of Piedmont Arts. She is responsible for the organization’s incredible rotating exhibits, thriving social media presence, updated gallery spaces, and leading the museum through the American Alliance of Museum’s Museum Assessment Program. A drop-in reception honoring Moore will take place at Piedmont Arts on Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. This will be a wonderful opportunity to express gratitude for her tireless efforts and wish her well in her future endeavors.

Moore’s impact on the arts in Martinsville and Henry County spread far beyond her work at the museum. She was an active member of the City of Martinsville’s Arts and Cultural Committee and worked closely with VisitMartinsville to promote arts-based tourism in the area. She spearheaded the creation of the Gravely-Lester Art Garden along with Kathy Rogers, Will Gravely, and Susan McColloch. In addition, she served on the board of the Rives Theatre and the Uptown Design Committee. She worked closely with the City and other organizations to bring public art to Uptown. The scope and scale of her accomplishments are vast and this community is indebted to her tireless work promoting the arts and culture here. "Piedmont Arts is a shining star in the community and I have truly loved my time here,” Moore said. “Leaving such an amazing museum and community is bittersweet, but I look forward to future opportunities in my hometown.”

The staff of Piedmont Arts is feeling her impending absence tremendously. "As we bid farewell to [Bernadette], I reflect on her 17 years of exceptional dedication,” Executive Director Heidi Pinkston said. “Bernadette's creative vision and unwavering commitment have left an indelible mark on Piedmont Arts. While we will miss her leadership, we celebrate her legacy and wish her continued success in all her future endeavors."

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