Colleen Houston, ArtWorks CEO and artistic director, was recently honored with the 2020 Warren Wilson College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Houston is a 2001 graduate of Warren Wilson College, earning a bachelor’s in Public and Social Art. She has served 17 years on the ArtWorks staff and was named as the organization’s CEO and artistic director this past April. Previously, she served as ArtWorks’ chief programming officer and helped launch the organization’s mural program in 2007, which recently celebrated the milestone of completing its 200th permanent outdoor mural. Learn more about Colleen.
The Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen fields and who embody the principles for which Warren Wilson College stands: academics, work, community engagement, and concern for all people.
“Colleen is a creative force in Greater Cincinnati,” said Joe Muraca, ArtWorks board president. “She pioneers programs that both empower artists and our local young people. Our region’s reputation as an arts destination is much stronger because of Colleen’s vision, and I’m delighted she has received this recognition.”
Houston is in Class 44 of Leadership Cincinnati and recently graduated from the Leadership Council for Nonprofits’ BOLD (Board Orientation + Leadership Development) program. She was recently named to Cincinnati Magazine’s Cincinnati 300 list, a compilation of the region’s top business leaders.
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ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization creates jobs for youth, ages 14-21 with the majority from underserved households, providing competitive 21st-century career-readiness skills through mentorship by professional artists. Since 1996, ArtWorks has employed more than 3,600 youth and 3,200 creative professionals, and the organization has completed more than 12,500 public and private art projects that include 200 permanent outdoor murals, contributing to the region’s global reputation as an arts destination.