Salley Williamson

Development and Communications Specialist

Salley Williamson grew up in the lowcountry of South Carolina. After high school, she migrated to Montana, where she lived for 10 years before moving to Asheville in 2008. She received a BA in Social Work from Carroll College in Helena, MT and then went on to earn a MA in Fine Art, Integrated Arts and Education at the University of Montana in Missoula and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction at Montana State University-Bozeman.

She traveled for three years as a one-woman show with the Art Mobile of Montana, a nonprofit arts outreach program that provides access to contemporary art exhibits and hands-on art lessons. She also worked during the summer for three years with the children of migrant workers for the federally funded Migrant Education Program.

Salley has worked at Open Hearts Art Center for ten years, serving in various roles on the staff. In 2017, she was awarded Forty under 40 in Asheville, recognizing rising stars in the business community, for her work at Open Hearts. She currently works as an independent contractor, managing social media, publicity, communications, and fundraising for the program.

Salley is a devoted wife and mother and enjoys spending time on their small family farm in Asheville. She loves gardening, hiking, music, and traveling.