Piper Groves

Non-profit Administrator, Event Planner, Artist, Fundraiser, Planner, Facilitator, Project Manager, Curator, Board Member, Teacher

540-466-0850, piperegroves@gmail(dot)com

Executive Director of Shenandoah Valley Art Center in historic downtown Waynesboro. 

Director of the Fall Foliage Festival Art Show, featuring 160+ artists, food trucks, music, and craft beer. The largest two day outdoor art show in the Valley. 

Some programs I have created: 

EMERGE: A section of the Fall Foliage Art Show featuring local and emerging artists. Helping showcase artists that are just beginning or in the process of growing. 

Open Studio Tour: An annual weekend event featuring 9-15 venues and about 20 artists. The Open Studio Tour allows visitors a special opportunity to get a glimpse into the working spaces of regional artists. Now in the 4th year. 

LOCAL: Landmarks and Landscapes: An exhibit featuring the works of 30 local artists that culminated in an exhibit and published catalog of work. This was  a tremendous fundraiser and friend-raiser. 

40UNDER40 Exhibit: This annual exhibit features Virginia Artists age 40 and under for a month long exhibit. The show has increased in quality and visibility each year and is often cited as a cornerstone of our exhibit quality by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, a funder of SVAC. This exhibit was created to help shift our demographic and capture younger members and artists- it has been an overwhelming success. 

416 Expansion Project: Facilitated the beginning of an expansion project. Raised necessary capital to purchase an additional 10,000 square foot building. Launched capital campaign to raise funds for renovations (halfway to goal). Created a plan for a financially self sustainable community art center within 5 years. 




Multi-faceted experience with executive management of non-profit organizations including the particular strengths:

o    Program creation and implementation

o    Project Management

o    Leading organizations through states of substantial growth and transition

o    Developing fruitful relationships with donors, the community, stakeholders, and other organizations

o    Management, development, and recruitment of staff; both paid and volunteer

o    Planning and oversight of financial records including budgets



11/07-present     Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Inc.  Waynesboro, VA

Executive Director


·         Maximize impact from limited budget

·         Create and schedule an engaging and diverse slate of annual Invitational exhibits

·         Manage day-to-day operations of the center including program implementation

·         Coordinate Action Teams and Committees

·         Create and manage annual budget

·         Serve as public face of the organization through community involvement and speaking engagements

·         Cultivate relationships with donors, members, and other stakeholders

·         Create and implement long range plan (at behest of Board of Directors)

·         Supervise paid staff and volunteers

·         Create captivating and engaging public communications

·         Work closely with a diverse group of Board members to manage operations

·         Plan and implement the annual Fall Foliage Art Show, the award winning, two day, juried, fine art festival coordinated by SVAC.            This is the largest annual art event in the Shenandoah Valley.


·         Increased membership 20% in three years’ time

·         Increased average annual fundraising 300%

·         Increased programming to include a diverse mix of cultural trips, classes, workshops, lectures, and performances

·         Developed partnerships with cultural and service organizations for the purposes of increasing mission reach

·         Secured and managed grant funding from Local and State agencies, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, foundations, and                      corporations

·         Developed a fresh brand identity flexible enough to grow as needed

·         Led the organization through the massive organizational transition following the move to a new facility

·         Created and orchestrated fundraising events

·         Worked with the Board of Directors to create transparent and understandable financial statements, chart of accounts, and                  facilitated a system of financial audits and compilations.  

·         Secured funding for and facilitated the purchase of an additional 9500 square foot building for expansion



2000-2006     Frame of Mind      Clifton Park, NY


·         Day to day operations in a retail fine art gallery and custom picture frame shop

·         Developed relationships with artists

·         Designed and executed high quality archival picture frame projects

·         Maintained accounting, sales, and design records

·         Participated in continuing education of the industry including art trends and product innovations

·         Hired and trained new employees



·         Past President of the Tourism Association of Greater Waynesboro

·         Member of the Waynesboro chapter of Kiwanis (Past President)

·         Committee involvement with the Waynesboro Cultural Commission

·         Trail Ambassador for the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Artisan Trail, a division of the Artisan’s Center of Virginia

·         Chairperson of the Art Committee at Summit Square

·         Stakeholder Member of Tourism Association Board in Waynesboro, 2018

·         Winner of the We Teach the Children- Whole Village Award, Augusta County School Board 2018




·         BA, Arts Administration, Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University)

·         Teaching a variety of art classes including printmaking and mixed media to adults

·         Exhibition judge/juror experience: Waynesboro Youth Art Month exhibits, Rockbridge Arts Guild Annual Exhibition, Bridgewater            College Senior Thesis Exhibition, Artisan’s Center of Virginia Gallery Manager Juror, Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show  

·         Lectures and panel appearances: Make Art Your Business seminar 2012, 2013- panel member and featured lecturer. Artisan’s                    Center of Virginia Connecting the Dots Conference 2015- panel member, INNOVATE Live Panel member, 2015