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People: Comings and Goings

New Jobs 

Henry Davis, Diane Landen and Lisa Smith to board of governors, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.

John Aglialoro, Catherine (Cathy) Hughes and Gregory Charles Miller to board of trustees, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia.

Mark Engelien to director and Catherine Kuuskraa to assistant director, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, California.

Vikki Cruz to curatorial administrator, Chinese and Korean Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Jennifer Carlquist to curator, Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison, New York. 

Bruce Weber to curator of paintings and sculpture, Museum of the City of New York, New York City.

Mark Schlemmer to associate registrar for collections, New-York Historical Society, New York City.

Stuart Chase to president and CEO, HistoryMiami, Miami.

Charles Guerin to executive director, Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, Delaware.

Meghan Curran to senior vice president of marketing, guest experience, and sales, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago.

Macarena Tamayo-Calabrese to president and CEO, Naper Settlement, Naperville, Illinois.

Michelle Gavin to managing director, The Africa Center, New York City.

Kudos 

Rosie Riordan, head of school and educator services at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City has been named 2014 Educator of the Year by the Missouri Arts Education Association (MAEA).

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has achieved the Living Building Challenge™ for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), a facility that houses groundbreaking sustainability research and science education programs, and serves as a key part of the public garden’s immersive visitor experience. In producing all of its own renewable energy, and treating and reusing all water captured on site, the CSL demonstrates the benefits of humanity living in harmony with nature. In order to meet the Living Building Challenge of the International Living Future Institute™, which calls for the creation of buildings that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as a flower, projects must meet stringent requirements related to site, health, equity, beauty and materials, and prove net-zero energy and water performance over the course of one year.

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) has named Sara Klein, teacher and school programs manager at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, to receive the 2015 Western Region Museum Art Educator of the Year Award. This award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of an outstanding NAEA member annually at the regional level within their division. 

Transitions

Kathryn Reasoner, executive director of the di Rosa in Napa, California, is stepping down on May 31 after ten years to pursue independent projects. Her tenure at di Rosa marked the organization’s transition from a private collection to a nationally regarded contemporary art museum. Reasoner hired di Rosa’s first full-time curator and expanded shows by emerging artists. She also successfully led efforts to allow the museum to welcome visitors on weekends and without appointment. As a result, tour participation grew by 60%, audiences more than doubled, and support from members and patrons also increased.  [PIC?]

Michael Taylor has announced that he has left his position as Director of the Hood Museum of Art to pursue other career opportunities.

In memoriam

Michael Rush, the founding director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan, and award-winning curator, author and critic, died March 27 after a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Rush began his tenure at Michigan State University in 2010 and was instrumental in the completion of the 46,000-square-foot contemporary art museum, which opened in November 2012.

Rush was key to establishing the museum’s dedication to exploring global contemporary culture and ideas through art and serving as both an educational resource for the campus community and a cultural hub for the mid-Michigan region. 

Eli and Edythe Broad, longtime supporters of the university who provided the lead gift of $28 million for the museum and an additional $5 million for an endowment named after Rush, said MSU will greatly miss Rush’s leadership.

"Michael Rush was a visionary founding director of The Broad Art Museum at MSU who set a high bar for innovative exhibitions and programming," said Eli Broad. "Edye and I are heartbroken that we have lost such a great leader, but we are immensely appreciative of the dedication and commitment he demonstrated during the past two and a half years to making the museum an integral part of the East Lansing community and a world-class destination."

Before coming to MSU, Rush served as the director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University near Boston, where he oversaw a significant collection of modern and contemporary art in the region and was widely recognized for his leadership during a controversial and successful effort to legally prevent the university from selling its collection and close the museum. 

He previously served as founding director of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art and lectured internationally on art and museum practice. He had received awards from the International Association of Art Critics for his curatorial projects and was the co-founder of the Contemporary Art Museum Directors Association. In 2014 he was awarded The Charles A. Gliozzo International Award for Public Diplomacy from the MSU Office of International Studies and Programs.

Prior to his work in the art museum field, Rush was an experimental theater artist, founder of New Haven Artists’ Theater and was long associated with New York’s La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. Early in his career, he was a Jesuit priest and psychologist, serving at Bellevue Hospital and on the faculty of psychiatry at New York University after receiving his doctorate from Harvard University in 1980.

Rush is survived by his spouse Hyun-Jae Pi and his siblings Mary Ann Rush Hertig, Joseph Peter Rush and Deborah Rush Cronkite.