BAC Executive Director Georgiana Pickett To Step Down

Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) announces that Georgiana Pickett will step down as Executive Director of BAC. Ms. Pickett will remain in her position until April 26, 2019.

As BAC's administrative head, a position she has held since August 2011, Ms. Pickett, alongside Founder and Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov, oversaw all facets of the organization, including fundraising, strategic planning, budget oversight, programming, and general management of staff and facilities.

Mr. Baryshnikov said: "Georgiana Pickett has been an invaluable part of BAC's evolution. It's been exciting to work with someone with such passion for the arts, particularly when it comes to attracting wider audiences to BAC's stages, and presenting opportunities to a diverse group of artists. Everyone at BAC is grateful for Georgiana's hard work and dedication to BAC's mission. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors."

During her tenure, Ms. Pickett, working in tandem with Mr. Baryshnikov, led the $1M Cage Cunningham Campaign to name the John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio and establish an artist fellowship; ushered the organization through its 10th anniversary year in 2015, including BAC's first endowment gift from the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation to support dance activity and to name the Rudolf Nureyev Studio; and launched BAC's first education program, BAC After School, which provides high school students with curated access to the arts through seminars, workshops, and live performances.

"Serving as Baryshnikov Arts Center's Executive Director for the past seven years has been one of the greatest professional honors a person working in arts and culture could ever hope to experience," said Ms. Pickett. "Mikhail Baryshnikov has created a vibrant and critically important organization that serves artists in intuitive and impactful ways unlike any other. BAC's commitment to artists and their importance in a healthy, dignified society is an inspiration; it has been an unparalleled opportunity to support that commitment along with the dedicated staff, artists, audiences, board, and funding community."

Prior to her appointment at BAC, Ms. Pickett served for seven years as Executive Director of Brooklyn's 651 ARTS, and for six years as Artistic Director of Miami-Dade College's Cultural Affairs Department.

BAC will conduct an executive search immediately.


BAC is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov to build an arts center in Manhattan that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines. BAC's opening in 2005 heralded the launch of this mission, establishing a thriving creative laboratory and performance space for artists from around the world. BAC's activities encompass a robust residency program augmented by a range of professional services, including commissions of new work, as well as the presentation of performances by artists at varying stages of their careers. In tandem with its commitment to supporting artists, BAC is dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at affordable ticket prices. For more information, please visit

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