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The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation has hired Athens native Wendy Cooper to succeed LaRuchala Murphy as its executive director. Her first official day will be Sept. 8. 

Cooper, a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Savannah College of Art and Design, worked at the Georgia Museum of Art for 12 years. 

After she graduated from SCAD, Murphy operated a gallery in Savannah. She then accepted a teaching job in art and photography at Southeast Missouri State University. She also worked in art-related nonprofits in

Santa Barbara, California.

“Then, I decided it was time to come home after 20 years,” Cooper said, explaining that she and her husband moved back here in March.

“I feel like everything I have worked up to this point has prepared me for this,” she said. “I love the mission of OCAF and how it supports arts education in the community.”

For more on this story, see the Sept. 2 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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