Arts NC State Central Staff

 

Rich Holly

Executive Director

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Rich Holly is the Executive Director for the Arts at NC State University. Prior to his appointment at NC State, Rich served as the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, where he was also a Professor of Percussion for 32 years.

Rich has been active in numerous arts ventures. Currently serving on the board of directors of Triangle ArtWorks and The Philharmonic Association, Rich was a founding board member of the DeKalb (IL) Area Arts Council and active with the Rockford Arts Council. He was co-chair of the Higher Education Board for Arts Alliance Illinois, Panel Lead for the Arts in Education Panel of Chicago Public Schools, and collaborated frequently with the Illinois State Superintendent of Schools on a variety of arts initiatives. Committed to arts advocacy, he frequently consults for arts organizations, universities, and school system arts programs.

Active in the Percussive Arts Society, Rich served as the President of PAS in 2005 and 2006 and currently serves on the Council of Past Presidents and the Board of Advisors. During his presidency the membership grew to over 9000 members internationally and Rich spearheaded the move of the PAS headquarters to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he and his team also created the Rhythm! Discovery Center, now one of Indianapolis’ major music and family attractions.

As a percussionist, Rich remains active as a solo performer and clinician, and has appeared over 300 times at schools, colleges, universities, conventions and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia and South America. Rich received his formal training at the State University of New York at Potsdam and East Carolina University.

His principal teachers were Henry Gates, Howie Mann, James Petercsak and Harold Jones. Rich studied Brazilian percussion with Manoel Monteiro, Afro-Cuban drumming with Frank Malabe, and West African drumming with Abraham Adzenyah and Famoudou Konate. Rich was a founding member of the Abraxas Percussion Group, and has performed with the Long Island Holiday Festival Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of New York, and the North Carolina Symphony. For 11 seasons Rich was Timpanist of the Illinois Chamber Symphony.

As a drumset artist, Rich has appeared with Allen Vizzutti, John Fedchock, Ethel Merman, Red Skelton, Bob McGrath and Sesame Street and many others. From 1984 to 1999 Rich played drumset and percussion with Inner City recording artists Rhythmic Union. Rich’s articles have appeared in almost every major music journal, and from 1986 to 2002 he was the Associate Editor for Percussive Notes magazine. His published percussion compositions are sold around the world, and his popular book, Majoring in Music: All the Stuff You Need to Know, is available from booksellers worldwide. His guest appearances are sponsored in part by Yamaha Music Corporation of America, Sabian Cymbals, Ltd., Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Latin Percussion (LP Music).

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Jill Orr

Arts Development

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Jill Orr joined the Arts NC State team as the Director of Development in 2016.  In her role she works to secure financial resources for the six arts programs under Arts NC State, enabling them to offer quality programming and unique experiences to students and the larger Triangle community.  Jill enjoys meeting with alumni, parents, community members, corporate leaders and others to connect them with exciting opportunities to support the arts at NC State University.

Originally from Maryland, Jill has been a fundraiser since her first undergraduate job as a phonathon student caller.  She came to NC State University in 2013 as Director of Annual Giving & Client Relations for the College of Veterinary Medicine.  In this position she led both annual and major gift initiatives, with emphasis on raising funds for the college’s equine program.

Jill has a B.S. in Business Management from Guilford College and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from NC State.  She has a deep appreciation for the arts and has practiced weaving, pottery, photography, and other art forms for personal enjoyment.  She and her husband have two dogs and enjoy trying new restaurants, fitness, volunteering, going to events and performances, and being outdoors.

Mark Tulbert

Arts Marketing

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Amy Sawyers-Williams

Arts Outreach

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Amy Sawyers-Williams oversees outreach programming and the Arts Village AVS 100 course. Key outreach projects include production of the Curricular Connections Guide (which links our programs to content in NC State courses), managing the student art purchase and collection, overseeing the Creative & Performing Artists Awards, and creating new collaborations with campus and community partners. In AVS 100, she instructs Arts Village students in an experiential learning course where they attend over 200 shows, exhibitions, and workshops annually. She has been at NC State since 2013, and before that time was living in New York City where she received her Master’s Degree in Applied Theatre (the practice of applying theater in non-traditional settings often involving audience interaction). During that time she was a teaching artist in the NYC Public Schools and worked in the Education Office as the New Victory Theatre on Broadway. Amy is an actor and applied theatre artist, creating site specific and devised theatre work throughout the Triangle. Please contact her for more information on arts outreach, engagement, and educational opportunities.

Holly Durham

Business & Planning

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Holly Durham is a native of Eastern North Carolina and has served as the Director of Business and Planning for ARTS NC STATE since December 2007. She also serves in this role supporting Student Development, Health and Wellness programs in DASA. She has lived in Raleigh since 1998.

Holly’s educational endeavors include degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina University and professional certificates from Duke University and NC State. Prior to college, she was actively engaged in the arts while a K-12 student in Farmville, NC and attended the North Carolina Governor’s School for choral music in 1991. While in college, she spent a summer studying at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England.

Prior to coming to NC State, Holly worked at Duke University, Duke Hospital and Rex Hospital. Outside of work, she spends time with family and friends, her animal children, volunteering, and traveling.

Christy Rain

Arts Administration

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Christy Rain serves as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director as well as coordinates several Arts NC State projects and events.
Originally from Minnesota, Christy earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law. She enjoyed her past work at several non-profits, such as Legal Aid and The Carying Place. and various communications/writing jobs.

Katherine Fuller

Ticket Central

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