Anne Gilroy is the curator of the Thomas Center Galleries and 352Arts for the City of Gainesville’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. Anne also works as a painter and writer, having completed a successful career writing and designing campaigns of public awareness for social justice issues.
“The Historic Thomas Center has been the cultural heart of Gainesville for over three decades. We are pleased for our guests to experience the beauty of this landmark and enjoy the programs provided to the community.”- Russell Etling
As Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, Russell Etling stewards the direction of the Cultural Affairs Division and directly oversees the Thomas Center Galleries and Art in Public Places programs, as well as organizing partnerships to produce events like the Jewel Box Concert Series. Prior to joining the City team in 2011, Etling enjoyed over 24 years of leadership in the museum field during which he served a 14-year tenure as President and CEO of the Miami Museum of Science. In his career, Russell has directed the development and/or presentation of dozens of major exhibitions including a 6-year national tour of a major traveling exhibition of art and artifacts that belonged to Napoléon Bonaparte and members of his Imperial Court.
Russell graduated with a Fine Arts degree in Theatre Management in 1977. While active in the entertainment field, Etling produced and directed a nationally televised halftime spectacular, promoted stadium concerts, staged numerous major fundraising events and, for four years, was production manager for Perry Como’s national concert tours.
Please contact Russell you would like information on current exhibits at the galleries, upcoming concerts and events, or other questions about the Cultural Affairs Division.
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:30 pm