Oliver Center for the Arts

Call for Candidates: OAC Executive Director

Oliver Arts Accepting Applications Extended to 10/3

The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts in Frankfort, MI, has an immediate need for a highly
motivated and creative arts administrator to lead its continued growth. The position of Executive Director
offers a unique opportunity to have a tangible impact on the creative and educational culture of
Northwestern Michigan, and to experiment with new programs, exhibitions and events. Frankfort is a
charming and open-minded community with a highly motivated base of Art Center members and
supporters, as well as an above-average number of working artists and artisans.

The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts occupies a fully renovated, award-winning, LEED
Platinum certified former US Coast Guard building on the shore of Betsie Bay at the juncture to Lake
Michigan. The stunning, 10,000-plus square foot facility features three large classrooms with lake views,
a full clay studio, large exhibition areas, a culinary arts kitchen and gift shop, as well as very comfortable
administrative spaces. The Art Center is open seven days per week all year long and hosts 70 classes, 10-
12 exhibitions, dozens of free events, and varied programming year-round. This programming builds on a
long history dating back to 1948, when the Art Center was founded. Candidates are strongly encouraged
to explore the history and current programs and projects of OAC by visiting the website.

Visit the “About Us” tab at oliverart.org for a full Job Description or Link Here. 

Frankfort’s location and culture are both truly exceptional. Nestled on Betsie Bay and Lake Michigan,
Frankfort has arguably the best beaches, hiking and biking trails, fishing, surfing, and cross-country and
downhill skiing to be found anywhere in the Midwest. The city, like all of NW Michigan, is known for
the civic engagement of its permanent and seasonal communities. The warm and welcoming culture can
be felt at the area’s countless public festivals and events. Nearby Interlochen Center for the Arts is
approximately 25 minutes away by car; Traverse City is approximately 35 minutes away, as is Sleeping
Bear Sand Dunes Lakeshore and the many vineyards and charming towns of Grand Traverse and
Leelanau Counties. In addition to all of this, Frankfort has excellent local schools with strong athletic and
arts programs, diverse shopping and dining making it an exceptional place to work, live and grow.

Compensation will be determined based on candidate’s experience and is regionally competitive within
the range of $40,000-$50,000. Benefit package includes: monthly stipend for medical benefits, paid sick
leave, paid vacation days, and paid holidays.

Candidates should review the posted job description and submit a cover letter and current resume or CV
before October 3, 2022  to:

By mail:
Attn: Hiring Committee
Oliver Art Center
P.O. Box 1513
Frankfort, MI 49635

By email:
Subject Line: “Attn: Hiring Committee”

132 Coast Guard Road Frankfort MI

Our Members


Charlevoix Circle of Arts

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Dennos Museum Center

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Good Hart Artist Residency

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Leelanau Historical Society

Michigan Legacy Art Park

National Writers Series


Traverse City Dance Project

Glen Arbor Arts Center

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Jordan River Arts Council

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

City Opera House

Benzie Historical Society

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Downtown Development Authority

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee

Northport Art Association

Voices Without Borders

Blissfest Music Organization

Raven and Lotus LLC

Traverse City Arts Commission

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Up North Arts

Cadillac Visitors Bureau

Parallel 45 Theatre Festival

Old Town Playhouse

Twisted Fish Gallery

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Rachael Harrell – Drama Kids

The Croft Residency

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell


Gary Gatzke

Ian Jones

Jim Young

Kristi Wodek

Mark Bowyer

Mary Gillett

Megan Heator

Molly Thompson

Renee Hintz

Susan Wenzlick

Ted Alan

Greta Bolger

Edward Kocher

Nick Walsh

Heather Harris-Brady

Monica Stokes

Amanda Kik

Mercedes Michalowski

Sharon Hubbard

Leslie Donaldson

Elizabeth Calcutt

Maia Hausler

Becky Lancaster

Linda Dewey

Melissa Johnson

Daniel Stewart

Walter J. Lee

Michelle Bien

H. Eleanor Jones

Tom Kaufmann

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