Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Names Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio as President
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) has selected Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio as President, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure in August 2017, succeeding current President Anthony Spiridigloizzi, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
Since 2012, Ms. D’Ambrosio has served as Museum of Art Director and Chief Curator at MWPAI. First joining the organization in 1989 as Curator of Decorative Arts, over the course of her career she has helped draw visitors to the Museum by staging numerous well-reviewed exhibitions and bringing world-renowned artworks to the Utica region. Prominent exhibitions have included “Shadow of the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt and Its Influence,” “Monet to Matisse,” and “The World Through His Lens: Steve McCurry Photographs.” She has also enhanced programming, actively engaged the community, significantly increased visitation, drawn new audiences, and helped educate thousands of school children. A nationally recognized scholar in 19th-century American decorative arts, Ms. D’Ambrosio has lectured extensively across the country and authored numerous books and award-winning articles. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and a master’s degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, New York.
In making the announcement, Search Committee Chair F.X. Matt III said, “Anna emerged as the committee’s unanimous choice from among a group of eight highly accomplished arts organization executives. We concluded that Anna’s record of accomplishments, her passion for the Institute, and her vision for the future are the qualifications that will make her the right leader for the Institute’s next chapter.”
MWPAI Board Chair Vige Barrie said, “We are thrilled that Anna will be MWPAI’s next President. As director of the museum for the last five years, Anna has already been an outstanding leader within the organization where she has welcomed ever-expanding numbers of visitors. During her more than two decades working at MWPAI, she has been committed to the Institute’s long-term success and we look forward to continued growth, community engagement, and support under her leadership.”
“ACG was honored to lead the national search for MWPAI’s new President,” said ACG President Bruce D. Thibodeau, DBA. “Ms. D’Ambrosio’s outstanding leadership as Museum of Art Director and Chief Curator is complemented by her deep understanding of organizational mission and community needs. ACG congratulates her and the entire board, staff, and search committee on her appointment and we look forward to her ongoing success as she transitions into her new role.”