Wyona Lynch-McWhite joined Arts Consulting Group (ACG) in 2016 as vice president, bringing a long and accomplished career in the museum and cultural sector, including more than 21 years of experience leading art, university, and multidisciplinary museums.
Prior to joining ACG, Ms. Lynch-McWhite served as the executive director of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts, an institution dedicated to the arts, history, and nature. She led the institution through strategic and business planning and instituted a comprehensive organization and program rebranding for the museum’s centennial celebration. She grew museum membership while increasing attendance, contributed support, and earned revenue.
“Arts and culture organizations are complicated and the challenges they face are formidable. One thing is clear though: success begins with having a skilled and visionary leadership team in place that represents diverse communities and viewpoints, working together with a well-defined strategy and a common goal.”
“Working on diversity and inclusion strategies within staff, board, and audience development is a critical element in serving museums and other cultural organizations. Ensuring that they reflect the communities they serve guarantees their relevance and engagement.”
Ms. Lynch-McWhite also held leadership roles at Fuller Craft Museum, New England’s only museum of contemporary craft focused on the objects, ideas, and insights that inspire both patrons and artists to explore life through the art of contemporary craft. While there, she held the role of deputy director and, later, executive director. Under her guidance, the museum was successfully reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums and completed facilities and capital campaign planning. She revitalized the museum’s development program and donor relation strategies as well as eliminated a multi-year deficit pattern while increasing the organization’s level of collections development, programing, and partnership support.
In addition to her work with national, regional, and local museum organizations, Ms. Lynch-McWhite has served as the chair of the Roanoke City Arts Commission and as a national grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She was also a 2006 participant in the Getty Center’s Museum Leadership Institute.
Ms. Lynch-McWhite currently serves as the leadership and management network chairperson of the American Alliance of Museums and as a board member of the New England Museum Association and the Haystack School of Crafts. She was previously a member of the museum committee for the College Art Association and was a director-at-large and program committee co-chair on the South Eastern Museums Conference governing council.
Ms. Lynch-McWhite graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree from Florida A&M University and holds a master of fine arts degree from Columbia College, Chicago.
Ms. Lynch-McWhite’s professional and client work includes:
The Columbus Museum
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum/Hollins University
Fuller Craft Museum
National Basketry Organization