Jill M. Lyon has been elected Chair of the Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA) Board of Directors. Lyon takes over leadership of the museum’s governing board from Steven Wilson, who left the Board recently for personal reasons.
Lyon has been a member of the YRMA Board since December 2011. “I am honored to have this vote of confidence from other Board members,” she said. “An art museum is a significant asset to any community, and YRMA has the potential to enrich our regional life and serve as a destination for area visitors.” She noted her wish to link YRMA to other artistic venues throughout Oregon and to increase activity on the museum campus, which is located on both sides of NE Alder Street in the heart of Toledo’s Art District.
Lyon also serves as a Toledo city councilor and is a member of the Lincoln County Economic Development Alliance Board. She has been a resident of Toledo since 2009, moving to the Oregon coast with her husband, Ralph Grutzmacher, from the Washington, D.C. area. In the nation’s capital, she was a long-time telecommunications attorney, lobbyist and industry association executive.
YRMA’s mission is to provide an intimate, publicly accessible environment for the exhibition of fine art created by artists, especially those who have worked, or plan to work in the Yaquina River watershed of the central Oregon coast by depicting iconic features of the land and of its people who work, live and play here. Exhibitions include displays of YRMA’s permanent collection, guest exhibitions and seasonal shows.
For more information, contact 541.336.1907 (YRMA) or 541.336.2856 (Lyon).