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Jacobs Gallery director submits resignation.

Byline: Bob Keefer The Register-Guard

CORRECTION (ran 11/11/2005): Jacobs Gallery Director Tina Rinaldi was addressing the Jacobs Steering Committee when she said she wanted eventually to have a seat on the committee. A story on Page D2 Thursday quoted her as saying she was addressing the Lane Arts Council board.

The director of Eugene's prime municipal art gallery is resigning at the end of the month to take a job with a national metalsmiths organization based here, she said Wed- nesday.

Tina Rinaldi has been director of the Jacobs Gallery, located in the basement of the Hult Center, for three years. The gallery has its own steering committee but is run by the Lane Arts Council with the assistance of the city, which is contributing $30,000 this year toward the gallery's $100,000 budget.

Rinaldi told steering committee and arts council board members on Tuesday that she planned to leave her part-time job at the Jacobs Gallery at the end of this month to become associate director of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, a 3,500-member professional organization.

"I love the Jacobs Gallery," Rinaldi said Wednesday. "I feel like, as director, I have done some wonderful things for the gallery that the gallery has needed. It's time for someone who has a different skill set to come into the gallery and take it in different directions than I could take it."

Under Rinaldi's leadership, Jacobs raised money for a new lighting system and began to use a professional exhibition designer.

Most important, Rinaldi said, in a world of underfunded nonprofit arts groups, Jacobs has been financially sound.

"The gallery has balanced its budget every year that I have been here," she said. "It has increased its budget and increased its marketing."

The Jacobs shows work by local and regional artists chosen by an exhibition committee; recent exhibits have included work by artists Miriam Kley and David Reager, a group show by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and an exhibit of contemporary quilts by regional quilt makers.

The current exhibit is work from the Oregon State University Art About Agriculture collection.

The gallery's best-attended show each year is the Mayor's Art Show, a juried exhibition of work by Lane County artists shown at the end of the summer.

The Society of North American Goldsmiths hired Rinaldi because of her solid background and accomplishments at the Jacobs, SNAG Executive Director Dana Singer said.

Singer, who has managed the group for seven years, moved to Eugene from Missoula, Mont., a year ago; for the first time in its 36-year history, SNAG, which has members around the world, is setting up an office with a professional staff, she said.

"Tina's credentials are exactly the kind of thing we were looking for," Singer said. "Her history and experience in the community knocked my socks off. Because I'm new to the community, I was looking for someone well established here. She is smart and astute and has really good judgment. We just hit the mother lode."

Lane Arts Council Executive Director Andrew Toney said hiring a replacement for Rinaldi is just now being discussed.

"The various stakeholders in hiring her replacement are in the process of mapping out a plan," Toney said.

Rinaldi said she hopes to continue to be involved with the Jacobs, though in a different capacity.

"I expressed to the (Lane Arts Council) board that, after a suitable period of grieving, I would be happy to be considered for a seat on the steering committee," she said.
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