Michael Roberts, the executive director for New York Public Programs at Asia Society and Museum, has been named the new head of Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. In a statement, Hatty Walker Fitts, cochair of FAWC’s board of trustees, whose father, Hudson D. Walker, was a founding member of the organization, cited Roberts’s experience working with artists and his managerial background. Prior to working at the Asia Society, Roberts was the executive director of the PEN American Center in New York — the US chapter of the worldwide literary and human-rights organization — and before that he was a lawyer who worked with Harvard University’s two governing boards. Roberts succeeds Margaret Murphy, who’s retiring. The nonprofit Fine Arts Work Center encourages emerging visual artists and writers through residency programs.

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