June 29, 2017
A 10-year leader in the Fond du Lac arts community who also is a UW-Eau Claire alumnus has been named the first executive director of the Confluence Arts Center in Eau Claire.
Kevin Miller, who has been the executive director of the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac since 2007 and led that organization through a facility renovation and expansion in 2012-13, was selected by the Confluence Council Inc. following a national search. He will start his new position July 17.
“Kevin Miller brings a demonstrated track record for strong relationship building and fundraising, along with local roots and statewide connections, to the position,” said Vicki Hoehn, Confluence Council board president. “He has a strong working knowledge of the industry and a vision for artistic excellence, job creation and educational opportunities.”
As Confluence Arts Center executive director, Miller will provide leadership, create vision, foster an environment for learning, and carry out strategic planning and programing. He will manage the administrative staff, lead fundraising efforts, establish relationships within the local and regional communities, and ensure the highest levels of excellence in the delivery of outstanding audience and artist experience.
“As a UW-Eau Claire theatre alumnus, it’s gratifying to see how the arts are truly inspiring the entire community,” Miller said. “I look forward to working with all of the wonderfully creative folks of Eau Claire as we take the next steps forward together for the Confluence, for the arts, for Eau Claire.”
While serving as executive director of THELMA, as the Fond du Lac arts center is called, Miller oversaw the facility’s extensive renovation and expansion from its origins as an abandoned Masonic temple. Under his 10 years of leadership, THELMA raised more than $12 million, including $8 million donated during a successful capital campaign to support the renovation and expansion project.
Miller booked, negotiated and managed more than 1,000 musical concerts and theatre performances at THELMA, ranging from local to nationally prominent acts. He also created partnerships between THELMA and numerous local organizations, and he created the Greater Fond du Lac Arts and Entertainment District, which led to more than $90 million in new projects in downtown Fond du Lac.
Miller studied theatre at UW-Eau Claire and also received a master of fine arts degree in 1992 from UW-Milwaukee.