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Gerd Wuestemann

Gerd Wuestemann  

Dr. Gerd Wuestemann began his tenure as Executive Director of the Acadiana Center for the Arts in 2008. Since that date, the AcA has completed construction of a new, $25M, 60,000 sqft Visual & Performing Arts Center, while doubling its staff and budget and transforming its programming and identity. The new AcA has grown into a cultural hub, presenting over 120 diverse performances and over 40 visual arts exhibits per season, in addition to extensively working as an arts-in-education center, grant making agency and community development driver to eight parishes.

A prizewinner in the world’s most prestigious classical guitar competitions, Wuestemann recorded 11 albums and performed thousands of recitals around the globe, including major musical centers such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Berlin Philharmonic, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Taiwan National Hall and Wigmore Hall London.
In 1998, after receiving his doctorate from the University of Arizona, Dr. Wuestemann was appointed as Professor of Guitar Studies at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He holds two masters degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Hochschule für Musik, Frankfurt (Germany).

After career-ending injuries in 2005, Dr. Wuestemann served as owner/executive of Composite Acoustics LLC, a composite manufacture and Corporate Challenge LLC, an events company, before joining AcA. Today he continues a limited performance and recording schedule as an acclaimed classical guitarist.

As AcA’s Executive Director, Dr. Wuestemann has galvanized his broad experiences toward cultural advocacy and community development. A graduate of Leadership Louisiana, Wuestemann served on the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana Bicentennial, Lafayette Comprehensive Planning Commission and the University’s Dean’s Advisory Committee. In 2012 he founded the INNOV8 Festival of creativity, culture and entrepreneurship. Wuestemann currently chairs State Arts Advocacy, and works on the LaPesc board for education reform. For 2014/15 he has been charged by City Government to create a Community Culture Plan and transform Lafayette’s appearance trough a 2-mile public art park project.