EDMOND — The Fine Arts Institute has a new executive director, and Shannon Price said it's a goal she set for herself a few years ago.
Price has been affiliated with the institute since 1994. She began as a teacher and worked her way up to serving on the board.
In January, Mitzi Hancuff announced she would retire as executive director and Price would be taking over her position May 20. Price worked closely with Hancuff over the past 10 years.
“As much as I didn't want her to go, I knew I would be OK to step in and fill those shoes and pick up where she left off, and it was a very easy, smooth transition for our board and our teachers,” Price said. “I think Mitzi probably saw that in me, and I have her to thank for this position because she helped me grow at the speed that I needed to grow.”
During a 2005 board meeting, Price was asked where she saw herself in 10 years. She responded while looking at Hancuff and said, “I want her job.”
“I think that's one of those things where I said it and I might have been kind of kidding at the time, but it put that idea not only in my head but in her head, and it was sort of one of those, ‘You would really be good at this, let's start training you,'” Price said.
Price never planned on being an artist but always had a strong passion for art.
She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1991 with a degree in graphic design, and she always managed to take creative art classes along with her required ones.
In 1994, she began teaching at Western Oaks Elementary in the Putnam City school district, where she stayed for nine years, and during that time she discovered the institute.