The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts announced the appointment of Courtney Gardner as the nonprofit's new museum director in a news release Dec. 4. Gardner will be taking over for interim Museum Director Clara Lewis in January.

Located in the heart of the Cypress Creek Cultural District at 6815 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, the Pearl Fincher MFA is a nonprofit organization that provides direct, first-hand access to original works of art in addition to a variety of educational and public programming. The museum first opened in March 2008.

According to the release, Gardner is from Newport News, Virginia, where she has served as the executive director of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center since 2011. Additionally, Gardner completed her undergraduate degrees at Mary Washington College in Fredricksburg, Virginia, and has received numerous awards including "Top Forty Under Forty" from Inside Business Hampton Roads, the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of Newport News and the YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

According to the release, Gardner is known for her leadership skills in increasing organizational visibility; fundraising and financial management; and overseeing exhibits, educational activities and programs that offer broad appeal to the community.

Current exhibits at the Pearl Fincher MFA include "Idyllic Times: Selections from the Gary T. Leach Collection of American Art" and "Vistas and Voyages: The Photography of Don Pine." Both exhibits will run until Jan. 9. 281-376-6322.