Audrey Ryman

It is with great excitement that Ryman Arts, one of the nation’s top youth art programs, offering professional studio art instruction along with college and career guidance to artistic high school youth, announces the appointment of Audrey T. Salzburg as its new Executive Director. Ms. Salzburg brings a keen focus on human capital development and mentorship and excels in fund development and strategic planning for optimal organizational growth. Her passion for the arts aligns seamlessly with her advocacy for under-resourced youth in the creative industry.

In her capacity as Executive Director, Ms. Salzburg will lead the organization's strategic initiatives aimed at expanding programming and increasing community engagement. Her leadership will play a pivotal role in shaping the future direction of Ryman Arts, ensuring its continued impact in transforming lives of young artists through rigorous education in fundamental art skills and mentoring.

Ms. Salzburg’s leadership style is reflected in the long tenure of staff and board members she has worked with, showcasing her ability to inspire loyalty and dedication. She holds a Bachelor of Science from The City College of New York: Brooklyn College, Magna Cum Laude. The arts, as a means to tell stories, change perspectives, and help connect the community is her passion and makes her the ideal candidate to lead Ryman Arts into its next phase of growth and impact. “Ryman Arts instructs students in a craft, something that is disappearing in so many industries.

Arts practices give young people the tools and a foundation to move forward in life even in other areas of academia. It teaches them discipline, collaboration, problem-solving, and hard work. Bringing the Ryman Arts program to youth who really need this help right now, especially in under-resourced communities, is deeply important to me. It is an honor and a privilege to participate in this journey with Ryman Arts and take an active role in supporting the furthering of their important mission”, said Audrey Salzburg.

"We are thrilled to welcome Audrey Salzburg as our new Executive Director", said Board Chair David Price. "She is a charismatic and visionary leader, uniquely positioned to build and foster strong, meaningful relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in our region’s creative economy who value and support art education for rising creative talent.”

With Audrey Salzburg at the helm, the organization is poised to achieve its mission, cultivating partnerships, driving program growth to reach more underserved youth, securing the necessary funding for Ryman Arts' continued success, and implementing a dynamic vision for the future.

Audrey Salzburg was chosen as the next Executive Director after an extensive search and recruitment process led by the Ryman Arts search committee and facilitated by Envision Consulting. For more information about Ms. Salzburg’s appointment or Ryman Arts, please contact Melissa Montoya, the Director of Search Services at Envision Consulting.