Davis & Elkins College has chosen accomplished promoter of the arts and educator Elizabeth "Beth" King as general manager of Myles Center for the Arts. The move ushers in a new chapter at the college for the presentation of arts and entertainment throughout the year.
Beginning this fall, the college will host its inaugural Creative Arts Season with King taking the lead in coordination of campus performances and cultural events. King says she hopes to provide "a solid season with a broad appeal for the community for 2013-2014." The schedule will feature several performances in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, classical concerts in Halliehurst and several lectures.
"We are planning a small but strong year of diverse programming presenting a variety of arts that the community can participate in and enjoy," King said.
In addition to coordinating the Creative Arts Season, King will work in collaboration with the D&E Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Office of Student Life, Campus Activities Board and Office of Academic Affairs to plan and present a yearly calendar of performances. She will also research, write and submit grants in support of arts and cultural events.
"I am very appreciative to come on board in a brand new position to help coordinate arts-related events at D&E," King said. "Everyone has been exceedingly welcoming. I really enjoy working with the people here and look forward to working with the students."
King brings a wealth of experience in promoting and supporting arts. From 2005 until coming to D&E, she served as the executive director of the Randolph County Community Arts Center where she created and grew an arts and music education program serving more than 600 students yearly; scheduled and recruited a roster of more than 25 music and arts educators; organized a yearly concert series featuring 20 to 28 acts; and organized 12 art exhibits per year including three Museums on Main Street/Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibits.
In addition, she coordinated a school outreach program, wrote numerous grants and directed two yearly fundraising drives to support the activities. At the RCCAC, she also worked as arts coordinator, class coordinator and visual arts teacher.
King is an adjunct art instructor at D&E, a position she has held since 2002. She also served in the same capacity at West Virginia Wesleyan College from 2003-2004. Her other teaching experience includes elementary art teacher and county fine arts coordinator for the Jackson County school system in Jefferson, Ga., from 1989 to 1996.
King earned her Bachelor of Journalism degree in advertising and photographic design in 1987, Georgia teaching certification in 1989 and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art education in 1991 from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.
King is married to D&E Professor of English Dr. Bill King.