Halmstad has experience in for-profit and non-profit organizations, including more than five years as Membership Manager for the West Allis-based National Fluid Power Association. Prior to being named executive director, Halmstad was associate director of communications for the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society in Milwaukee.
“The Board is confident that Erica’s experience in nonprofit management and leadership as well as her experience in communications, marketing, and membership management will be essential in supporting (the museum’s) priorities. “, said Pamela Helf, chairman of the board of directors of the Cedarburg Art Museum.
As director, Halmstad will be responsible for communications, marketing, fundraising and memberships. Priority has also been given to marketing a museum-sponsored book which is a 462-page survey of state art from prehistory to the present day.
Halmstad and her family moved to Cedarburg in 2019 from Milwaukee. She is not an artist but describes herself as having a “creative mindset”.
“It is clear that the current staff, volunteers and artists have extensive experience and knowledge and I look forward to years of working together as we celebrate the arts in Cedarburg and surrounding areas,” Halmstad said.
Halmstad replaces Samantha Landre Michalski, who stepped down as executive director earlier this year.
Founded in 2013, the Cedarburg Museum of Art collects, preserves, and exhibits the artwork of Cedarburg and surrounding areas. It sponsors artistic education activities for young people. In season, it operates an outdoor cafe with live music around a background fountain and stage.