Boca Museum of Art has announced that Walter O’Neill has been appointed director of its studio art school, effective Monday, April 7, 2014.
O’Neill brings over 35 years of experience in arts administration and teaching. Since 1997, he has served as Director of the Educational Alliance Art School and Gallery in New York City. During that time, he lead the team in revitalizing the Art School as an active community art center on the Lower East Side of Manhattan attracting people from throughout the metropolitan area. Prior to the Alliance Art School, he was Supervisor of School Programs at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, educator the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California and taught fresco painting at The Cloisters in New York.
“Walter is a very gifted artist as well as an innovative and dedicated educator and administrator,” said Boca Museum of Art’s Interim Director, Irvin Lippman. “He brings a perfect combination of these talents to this integral program of the Museum. We look to him to further The Art School’s upward trajectory as a vibrant community art center for people of diverse backgrounds and a variety of interests in the visual arts.”
A practicing artist with a focus on fresco painting, O’Neill has taught fresco mural painting from 1987 to 1997 at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, a summer residency program in Maine. He has additionally presented numerous lectures on fresco painting throughout the country, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the University of Wisconsin.
O’Neill replaces former director of The Art School, Rebecca Sanders, who retired on February 28, 2014 after serving there for 11 years.
The Art School of the Boca Museum of Art, located at 801 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, offers classes, lectures, and workshops for all skill levels and interests, including weekend and evening classes for children, teens, and adults. Each week, more than 100 classes are offered in ceramics, drawing, jewelry, painting, photography and sculpture. Spring classes begin April 7. Summer art camp for kids begins June 9. A complete catalog of classes available can be viewed at bocamuseum.org/art-school.