Art in the right place?

When Ken Kahn announced in September he was resigning as president of the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County -- which oversees funding and professional assistance to 60 Tarrant County arts organizations -- he agreed to help find his own replacement. After all, he wasn't due at his new post as CEO of the Greater Hartford Arts Council in Connecticut until November 1. Board president Mac Churchill welcomed Kahn's involvement and convinced him to continue as a consultant with the council through the end of the year. The two men led an internal search committee until last week, when Churchill announced they had retained a headhunter, Whitney Smith Co., in hope of finding the right candidate. "We are in an enviable position," Churchill says. "We have a cash reserve and a growing endowment fund. Ken left our house very much in order." (Last year, the Arts Council awarded more than $1.2 million in grants.) But Churchill thinks it's time to call in the professionals for access to a broader range of applicants. The Arts Council is still fielding calls from potential candidates, and interested arts professionals can contact Whit Smith or David Farmer at the search firm at 817-877-4120.

A mother of a "Daughter"

Denton artist Sally Packard just snagged a solo show at Houston's Lawndale Art Center opening January 22. She'll rehash her recent Conduit Gallery installation, "The Miller's Daughter," for Lawndale, and she says other than the concept, the work will be entirely different. "It's one of those things that is very fluid," Packard says of the Rumpelstiltskin-inspired, site-specific art that tackles the risks and benefits of labor in society. Packard references the crafty fairy-tale baby-snatcher and the woman who spun straw into gold with a giant heap of tutu netting as the art's centerpiece. Packard combines video and audio elements, documenting her hand-sewing of the fabric elements of the piece. Packard has had her hands full lately: She was just appointed assistant professor in studio art at the University of North Texas, and after a brief experience as a Fort Worth-to-Denton commuter has moved. Packard is vacating the former Forest Park Art Space, known for a brief but shining time in the mid-'90s as Eric Skjolsvik's edgy contemporary gallery. When Skjolsvik headed to San Francisco, Packard moved in to live and work. She had plans to bring back FPAS's heyday, but reality set in. "I have a great house in Denton," she says, "but I was keeping Forest Park as my studio space. Now the owners are planning to sell it." No telling what the gas station-turned-gallery will ultimately become.

Annabelle Massey Helber