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People: Comings and Goings

New Jobs

Ellen Keiter to chief curator, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Linda Wolk-Simon, to director, Bellarmine Museum, Fairfield, Connecticut.

David Breslin to chief curator, Menil Drawing Institute, Houston.

Matt Lobdell to curator and head of collections, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois.

Katherine Jentleson to curator of folk and self-taught art, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Cayetana Gómez to president and chief executive officer, The Mexican Museum, San Francisco.

John Dichtl to president and chief executive officer and Bob Beatty to chief operating officer, American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), Nashville.

John Elderfield to Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Distinguished Curator and Lecturer, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey. 

Rebecca Shulman Herz to director, Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, Peoria, Illinois.

Sheryl Kingery Mays to director, Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina.

James Pepper Henry to executive director, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Trevor Owens to senior program officer, national digital platform, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC.

Sarah Alger to director, Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Tamara Bailey, Khary Bridgewater, Sydney DeVos, Tony Lawrence, Jane Boyles Meilner, Christopher Rosmarin, Joy Uddin and Douglas Williams to Board of Trustees, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan.

Kudos     

The Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, New York, was awarded $420,000 in Empire State Development funding through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) initiative. The grants will support the development of a $4 million state-of-the-art museum installation, the Toy Halls of Fame gallery.

The Maitland Art Center, Maitland, Florida, has become the first National Historic Landmark in Orange County and the 44th in the state of Florida. Awarded on September 30, 2014 by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, the designation applies to places that “exceptionally illustrate or interpret the heritage of the United States.”

Dr. C. Brian Rose, Mediterranean Section Curator-in-Charge, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, to receive the 2015 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement from the Archaeological Institute of America.

Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, Florida, received the 2014 Diamond Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Organization from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. The Diamond Award program recognizes organizations that exhibit business excellence, including economic stability and growth, corporate citizenship, outstanding customer service, community outreach and provide a nurturing workplace environment.

The 2015 Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom will be awarded to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), Washington DC. NMWA is the first organization in the United States to be presented this award. The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom was created to mark the 100th anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir’s birth by honoring women, men and associations who, in the spirit of Simone de Beauvoir, fight to defend women’s rights wherever they are comprised. The prize is supported by the Institut français, the Mairie de Paris and Paris Diderot University.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Director Alex Nyerges was honored by the French government as Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres), a prestigious international association of leaders recognized for their contributions toward promoting international relations with France. 

Transitions

Douglass W. McDonald, CEO of the Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, retired on Jan. 15. He held this position for nearly 16 years. When McDonald began in 1999, the museum experienced a $2.3 million operating deficit which consumed 26 percent of the museum's endowment. Today the museum is debt free and has over $50 million in endowment. The CMC merged with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in 2012. In addition, the CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal of Museum Service by the Institute of Museum & Library Services. 

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) announced that Director Graham W. J. Beal will retire as of June 30, 2015, after serving as director, president and CEO for nearly 16 years. Since joining the DIA, Beal has presided over some of the most significant accomplishments in the museum’s history, including a tremendously successful reinvention of presenting art to the public; passage of a tri-county regional millage to support museum operations; and the DIA participation in the historic and unprecedented grand bargain initiative, which secured for future generations’ the DIA’s widely acclaimed art collection while also successfully facilitating resolution of the Detroit bankruptcy.

Susan L. Talbott announced that she will be retiring as Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, after completing a $33 million renovation of the museum. In spite of the museum's renovation, Talbott kept doors open to visitors and increased programming, attracting large numbers of Hartford area children and families for the first time while bolstering loyal membership. Talbott's successful Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) doubled attendance at museum programs such as First Thursdays and Second Saturdays, the latter of which has provided free admission to more than 22,000 visitors since 2009. Another CEI effort Talbott led was an art and writing initiative, which sends educators into Hartford classrooms to introduce fourth-grade students to the museum's collection that spans centuries of world history. 

Edgar Peters Bowron, the Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art, to Retire from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, After Nearly 20 Years. During his time at the Museum, Dr. Bowron has overseen the John A. and Audrey Jones Beck Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings; the Samuel H. Kress and Edith A. and Percy S. Straus Collections of European Old Masters; and the Museum’s wide-ranging collection of European art from the Middle Ages to 1900.

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the retirement of curator Annette DiMeo Carlozzi. Since joining the Blanton in 1996 as the museum’s first curator of modern and contemporary art, Carlozzi has played a leading role in numerous key museum initiatives. In addition to organizing dozens of innovative and thought-provoking exhibitions, she established a vibrant and diverse contemporary collection, overseeing the acquisition of works of art by internationally recognized artists from Anselm Keifer and Bill Viola to Teresita Fernández and Byron Kim—works that are now counted among the Blanton’s visitor favorites.