Living Proof Exhibit Announces Jordan Kirkbride as New Executive Director
After leading Living Proof Exhibit since its inception in 2010, including the last seven years as executive director, Pamela Crouch is stepping down, effective October 29, 2021.
During Crouch’s tenure as executive director, Living Proof Exhibit has touched the lives of nearly 30,000 people, providing hope, support, and healing to cancer patients and survivors and their families, loved ones, and caregivers.
“Pamela drew from her passion and life experience to launch this organization, which has gone on to reach thousands of people impacted by cancer,” said Amy Jones, president of Living Proof Exhibit’s board of directors. “Living Proof Exhibit has grown immensely under her leadership, and we are grateful to her for sharing her vision with all of us.”
Living Proof Exhibit’s programming, provided both virtually and in person, now reaches people throughout the U.S. Our annual exhibition, A Visualization of Hope, which features art created by cancer survivors within a 200-mile radius of the Quad Cities, just concluded its 2021 showing at the Bisignano Gallery at the University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center and will be presented at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport in 2022.
2022 will also mark the debut of Karkinos, an original opera produced in partnership with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra that tells the story of Quad Cities residents who have been impacted by cancer.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served so many people as executive director of Living Proof Exhibit,” said Crouch. “I believe the organization is in good hands for the future, and I am excited to see where it goes from here.”
Succeeding Crouch as executive director is Jordan Kirkbride of Rock Island. Kirkbride majored in art history at Augustana and has served as Living Proof Exhibit’s programming manager since October 2020. A lifelong lover of the arts, and one whose family has been impacted by cancer, Kirkbride felt an immediate connection to the organization and its participants.
“This work is some of the most fulfilling work I’ve ever done,” said Kirkbride. “I’m so grateful for the time I spent working with Pamela and feel lucky to have the opportunity to continue to bring our programming to those who need it most.”
“With Jordan’s previous experience working with our programming, we know that she will bring the knowledge and passion needed to continue expanding our outreach,” said Jones. “We are excited to have her leading us through this next phase for Living Proof Exhibit.”
For more information about Living Proof Exhibit and its programming, visit livingproofexhibit.org.