Patricia King, associate director of the Colby College Museum of Art, has been named the interim executive director of Waterville Creates!.

King began July 5 and replaces Nate Rudy, who left in June to become Hallowell’s city manager.

As interim executive director, King will help guide and coordinate the efforts of Waterville Creates! “as it works toward building a brighter future for the arts in greater Waterville,” according to a news release Wednesday from the organization. The organization hopes to have a full-time executive director in place by September, according to the release.

King is a member of the Waterville Creates! board of directors and is chairwoman of its Development Committee and its programming arm, Common Street Arts, the release said. King for the past 25 years has been employed with academic and museum institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Addison Gallery of American Art, in Andover, Massachusetts, according to the release.

Her experience includes work in strategic and organizational planning, administration, collections, website management, budget planning, publications, marketing, development, technology and curatorial areas. She has been a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums, the release said.

“With her deeply rooted experience in strategic and organizational planning for the arts, Patricia was a natural fit for this important transitional role at Waterville Creates!,” board Chairman Larry Sterrs said in the release. “As we continue to take our organization to the next level, Patricia has the skills and connections needed to build on the solid foundation we’ve established. As a highly involved member of the Waterville Creates! board, there is no ramp up time to get Patricia up to speed — another huge benefit to having her step in during this transitional period.”

Rudy had been executive director since 2014, when the organization replaced the Waterville Regional Arts and Community Center as the lead advocate for promoting arts and culture in the city.

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