The Rogue Gallery & Art Center in downtown Medford will begin the New Year with a new executive director.

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center in downtown Medford will begin the New Year with a new executive director.

Jules Masterjohn of Durango, Colo., has been selected to fill the position, and will assume her post on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

The gallery will celebrate its 50th anniversary and, at the same time, introduce its new director at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford.

Masterjohn has worked for about 25 years in the visual arts community as an administrator, educator, writer and artist and for about five years with nonprofit art organizations. She earned her bachelor's degree in fine arts from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and her master's degree from California State University.

Masterjohn gained curatorial experience working at numerous arts centers in Oregon, California and the Durango Arts Center in Colorado, where she was the exhibits and program director. She also taught art courses at Southwest Colorado Community College, California State University, Long Beach and Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Masterjohn facilitated several community art events, including the Durango Artposium, Arts Marketplace Oktoberfest and the Main Avenue Arts Festival.

Janice Alderman has served as the gallery's interim executive director since the beginning of July, when former director Judy Barnes resigned.

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a nonprofit arts organization that provides art education, exhibitions, programs, membership and artists' services to the Medford community.

For more information, call 772-8118.