Earlier this week the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau announced Sikeston Depot's existing administrator Delilah Tayloe will take over the role as its executive director on June 1. Tayloe has served as the Depot's curator for the past three years.
Betty Johns, Sikeston Depot board president, said no one has been named as the museum's new administrator yet.
"We are thinking about a few different people, and I'm sure we will have a replacement soon," Johns said.
Tayloe said her decision to leave the Depot wasn't an easy one.
"I've been driving 100 miles a day to work," said Tayloe who lives in Whitewater. "This job will mean 60 miles less of a drive and an increase in salary."
Johns said Tayloe has done a wonderful job over the past three years and has implemented several programs at the Depot.
"We were extremely happy with everything she's brought to the Depot, and we will continue on with the work," Johns said.
Tayloe said she is most proud of the book lecture series the Depot introduced in March 2004.
"Although she's leaving us, she will still be in our minds and hearts," Johns said.
The feeling is mutual.
"I love and consider family the people of Sikeston and all of the people working here a at the Depot," Tayloe said. "All of volunteers and board members have been wonderful to me."
Current Board Chair of Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Claudia Ruediger said the Arts Council Board and staff are looking forward to working with Tayloe.
"The Arts Council Board sees Delilah's extensive programmatic experience, grant writing success and significant history of community outreach activities as a good match for the current growth the Arts Council is experiencing," Ruediger said. "Delilah brings vision and experience as an artist in her own right, and we look forward to her leadership."
In addition to her work at the Sikeston Depot, Tayloe's previous job experience includes two years at the University Museum in Cape Girardeau as exhibit director and collections manager and five years developing the Stars and Stripes Museum/Library in Bloomfield as curator and exhibit director.
Tayloe has also exhibited as an artist and won various art awards, most recently at the Charleston Judged Art Show in March. She is a member of the Bootheel Regional Art Guild and Cat Ranch Art Guild. She has been published after winning awards for prose and poetry.
In Sikeston, Tayloe is an active member of the River Heritage Association, Sikeston Lions Club and the Design Committee of the Historic Midtown Development Group as it prepares for Main Street certification. Tayloe's official last day at the Depot is May 31.
"She might be leaving but she will still have a lot of input and will send different exhibits our way and help us out," Johns said.
Tayloe agreed she will stay committed and loyal to Sikeston and future projects she's already developed, which are planned out until August 2007.
Among those projects include the exhibit, "An Art Challenge" -- Fiber Art from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program Paducah, Ky., which is set for July, and the Cowboy Up fund-raising dance in August, Tayloe pointed out.
"Sikeston has an amazing history and I'm really honored to work here and with the people here," Tayloe said. "I will continue to do everything in my power to promote and support the Sikeston Depot. Sikeston's got a lot to be proud of -- the people and places are first rate."