Waynesville, NC – 

Morgan Beryl, the Haywood County Arts Council’s (HCAC) Executive Director will leave the organization to relocate in May 2023. “Morgan’s energy, creativity and vision have brought a new vitality to the HCAC. We’ve been fortunate to have Morgan as Executive Director for the past 2 years and she will be truly missed” says Alison Parks, HCAC’s new Board President. 

Morgan came on at a pivotal time. In late 2021, HCAC’s longtime home on Main Street in downtown Waynesville was purchased, requiring negotiating a new lease, consolidating 45 years of assets, and leading a major renovation and rebranding of the gallery. “I am so grateful to have been part of revitalizing this impactful organization and working with such a wonderful team to modernize HCAC” says Beryl. To help tell the story of the last two years, HCAC just released its first annual report in five years. “2022, our 45th anniversary, was a year of incredible change to our physical, financial and human infrastructure, and we felt it was important to document this progress and thank the numerous people, businesses and organizations that made it all possible” says Parks. 

The Board is now developing the executive search process which they plan to launch at the beginning of April. Morgan will continue to support HCAC through part-time remote work to ensure the organization’s programs and events continue without a hitch. “It’s important to me that HCAC’s momentum continues through this transition” says Beryl, “and I am excited to meet the new executive director and help introduce them to our many partners who make this job a pleasure each and every day” 

The Haywood Handmade Gallery is open seven days a week from 10 am – 5 pm, and 11 am – 4 pm on Sundays. More information:


Morgan Beryl

HCAC Executive Director