The James A. Michener Art Museum (the Michener) has selected Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on July 9, 2018.
With a career spanning more than 25 years, Dr. Jameson has held leadership positions at or been affiliated with some of the most prestigious institutions in the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; University of Houston; University of Delaware; and Delaware Art Museum. For the past seven years, she has served as President & CEO of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Jameson has authored numerous publications and curated many exhibitions that encompass a wide spectrum of artists, eras, and media. She is a National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program Fellow, member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and serves as a peer reviewer for the Institute for Museum and Library Services and AAM. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of arts in history of art from the University of Louisville, a master of business administration from Rice University, and a doctor of philosophy in the history of art from the University of Delaware.
In making the announcement, Board of Trustees President Gregory Church said, “After an exhaustive search that spanned the country and top-notch candidates, we are thrilled to have found a new leader who is exceptionally qualified not only as a nationally recognized scholar of American art but also as a dynamic museum director with proven business acumen. Beginning in this 30th anniversary year, Kathleen will be moving the Michener forward in exciting and promising new ways.”
“The Michener is a great institution poised to leap into a bright new future,” said Dr. Jameson. “The museum’s mission and artistic focus align with my own scholarly interests. Having grown up in Bethlehem and Philadelphia, I am also especially delighted to return to my roots and to contribute to the growth and relevance of such a significant treasure as the Michener.”
“Congratulations to the Michener and Dr. Jameson,” said ACG Vice President Wyona Lynch-McWhite. “The Michener has such a high standard for artistic and programmatic excellence, and we were fortunate to place a candidate of Dr. Jameson’s caliber, passion, and skillset in this strategic leadership position. We wish the Michener all the best as the institution celebrates 30 years of success!”