our mission

Supporting success in arts leadership

– Arts Organizations
– Artist Communities
– Residency Programs

Nancy is a creative arts and non-profit business executive focused on supporting arts organizations to achieve success. Her emphasis is on visionary planning, creative programming, accessibility and sustainability for arts organizations, artist communities and residency programs. Nancy’s relationships span the contemporary arts and non-profit universe, and she is known for developing lasting connections with organizations and leaders engaged in building a better world.


In the News

From the Aspen Times, January 15, 2019

…regarding Nancy’s influence
after being named Executive Director at Anderson Ranch…
”the five years since have seen the Ranch’s free Summer Series talks become one the most talked about events of the season, making it a destination for luminaries like Frank Stella and Ai Weiwei, hosting residencies for emerging artists as well as established artists like The Haas Brothers and Tom Sachs, new scholarships to attract a more economically diverse student base, a new intensive mentorship program and the build-up of a $8.5 million endowment.”

 “The Ranch is in a really strong position,” said incoming president and CEO, Peter Waanders who succeeds Nancy. “They’ve got a great staff, great artists, a great reputation.”


Nancy Wilhelms has opened Nancy Wilhelms Consulting to bring her 30 years of experience in business, strategic planning and non-profit management to leaders and organizations, as well as to individuals seeking career growth and development. She is author of Mentor in a Minute™ — a soon to be released book for women at work Read Nancy’s bio and talk with her.


Our Non-Profit Forum is a shared conversation with non-profit arts community professionals about diversity, sustainability and management issues in today’s contemporary business environment.  If your organization is interested in participating, contact us.


For CEOs and
Board Members

  • Consulting and advisory services for Chief Executive Officers and Board members

  • Advising to align your organization’s mission, vision and values

  • Troubleshooting and serving as Interim CEO during executive search

  • Raising your organization’s profile

For Organizations Seeking Strategic and Long-Range Planning

  • Helping you create a new vision for your organization

  • Facilitating strategic and long-range planning

  • Navigating internal and external change

  •  Bringing top contemporary artists and cultural icons to you for excellence in programming

For Professionals Seeking Career Growth

Nancy has mentored individuals to achieve success throughout her career, helping them chart a career path and navigate their way to success. Please contact her directly regarding her career consulting services, nancy@nancywilhelms.com.

Nancy leads with generosity, without ego and in a way that makes all feel included in the process.”
— Dennis Scholl, Arts Patron