ST. LOUIS, MO (CelebrityAccess) — The Sheldon Arts Foundation has announced the appointment of Peter Palermo as their new executive director.
Palermo comes to his new role with extensive experience in the local arts community, after serving as the founding director of the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL.
While at the Hettenhausen, he supervised completion and occupancy of the performing arts center in 2006 and created and curated the center’s performance series, “McKendree Presents,” working with faculty and student performers to coordinate nearly 200 events per year.
Palermo served as the former director of operations and project manager for San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival Association where he oversaw all aspects of production for the summer-long outdoor concert series.
He also served as an independent theater consultant, a project director for Holzmueller Productions in San Francisco, a production stage manager for ODC/Dance in San Francisco and as tour manager, technical director, booking manager and performer for San Francisco’s Make-A-Circus.
Palermo was hired for the role after a national search, overseen by DHR International and a committee of Sheldon board members and staff.
Palermo will be stepping in for the current Executive Director Paul Reuter who announced in June that he was retiring after serving for 24 years as executive director of The Sheldon.
Reuter will serve as senior executive director during a six-month transition period, beginning December 3, 2018.
“The Sheldon Concert Hall is a true cultural gem for the city of St. Louis,” Palermo said. “Paul and his team should be proud of their many accomplishments. I’m honored to be coming on board and can’t wait to get to work.”