TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX)-There will be a new face at the Magic Valley Arts Council as the current executive director will retire.

The Arts Council recently announced the hire of Erik Allen as the new executive director who will take over from Carolyn White, set to retire on December 20. Allen is a Magic Valley native originally from Hazelton and a graduate from the University of Idaho where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Illinois.

Some of his accomplishments include the following according to the Arts Council:

While attending University of Illinois at Chicago he curated exhibitions in 2013 & 2014. He conducted workshops while attending U of I and U of I in Chicago, such as Harvest Sketches, Drawing in Space: A Sculptural Adventure with Wire, Sketching Like a Pro: Canvas Sketching, Painting Panels: Construction and Function. He was awarded First Place Award in Juried Undergraduate Exhibit (2008) and Faculty Choice in the fine art Category at U of I Research Expo (2008) and Fourth Place Overall in the Art and Soul of the City (2010). Since returning to the Magic Valley he conducted an Intro to Drawing class at the Magic Valley Arts Council.

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