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Community - October 5, 2011

New director for Djerassi artists program

Margot H. Knight is the new director of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, an internationally recognized artist community.

Since 2001, Ms. Knight has served as president and CEO of United Arts of Central Florida, headquartered in the Orlando area.

She succeeds Dennis O'Leary, who retired in August after serving as the program's executive director for 14 years. Ms. Knight will take up her new duties in November.

Now in its 33rd year, the Djerassi program offers free four-week residencies to visual artists, writers, media artists, composers and choreographers from the United States and abroad.

The mission of the program is to enhance the creativity of artists by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection and collegial interaction in a setting of natural beauty. The residencies have allowed more than 2,000 artists, about 90 a year, to concentrate on creative work away from the distractions of daily life.

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program was founded in 1979 by Stanford University Professor Emeritus Carl Djerassi. It is located at 2325 Bear Gulch Road in Woodside.

Rodney Pearlman is chairman of the Djerassi board of trustees.

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