Billie Tooley, Portsmouth
Billie Tooley has been engaged in the art world for more than forty years as a trained painter, photographer, curator, teacher, and arts advocacy director. Originally from New York, she began her career in the corporate sector as a designer for a dress manufacturer. She went on to other careers including a buyer for Bloomingdales’ and a public relations director for a restaurant corporation. Upon completing graduate school at the College of New Rochelle with a Masters in art, she became actively involved with regional arts organizations working on community and public projects to promote artists.
With her husband David, Billie moved to New Hampshire in 1985, where she has since worked with nonprofit arts and cultural organizations as Director of Community Development for Strawbery Banke Museum and the Seacoast Chapter of the American Red Cross and as Executive Director for the New Hampshire Art Association, and the La Napoule Arts Foundation. These positions took her to every corner of the state making connections and forming artistic and cultural collaborations with arts organizations, colleges, historical and cultural institutions, and government agencies.
Billie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the NHSCA and hopes to be able to use both extensively as a member of the Council.
July 2, 2013