Museum and Visual Art Expert Wendy Clark Joins Arts Consulting Group as Vice President

Wendy Clark Vice President Washington DC Executive Search

March 9, 2020
Contact: Amanda Bertone
(888) 234.4236 Ext. 219

BOSTON — Arts Consulting Group (ACG), the leading provider of hands-on management consulting services to the arts and culture industry, today announced that Wendy Clark has joined the firm’s executive search practice as Vice President. Based in Washington, DC, she brings more than 35 years of experience in museums, visual arts, and design. In addition to her extensive training and mentoring in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, implicit bias, ethics, anti-harassment, the Hatch Act, leadership, cyber-security, and executive coaching, Ms. Clark is well-versed in grantmaking, programming support, and project management on a national scale.

Prior to joining ACG, Ms. Clark served as Director of Museums, Visual Arts, and Indemnity at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In this role, she managed policy, program development and evaluation, peer review, and the federal grant making portfolios for the nation’s museums and visual arts fields. Her major responsibilities included overseeing the Rosa Parks Sculpture Competition for the Architect of the Capitol, recruiting hundreds of national museum professionals and artists annually for peer review, and adjudicating proposals for federal investment in exhibitions, conservation, care of collections, artist commissions, and public art. As a design specialist, she also managed federal support for historic preservation, urban design, architecture, and other design fields.

A strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector, Ms. Clark worked to make the NEA more accessible to Native American communities, tribal governments, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She was also responsible for oversight of the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities and directed the NEA’s Blue Star Museums initiative, which offered free summer admission to active duty military families.

Before joining the NEA, Ms. Clark served as a Grant and Public Affairs Specialist for the Illinois Arts Council. During her tenure, she developed, promoted, and implemented $1 million statewide grants initiative for local cultural facility planning and development. She was the recipient of the Federal Design Achievement Award for the Illinois Arts Council’s Building by Design Program, served as an Arts Management Fellow at the NEA, and chaired the architecture and design review committee for a mid-century modern residential community. Ms. Clark is a member of the American Alliance of Museums and ArtTable, a national membership organization dedicated to advancing women's professional leadership in the visual arts.

Ms. Clark holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan and studied Elizabethan history, art, and literature at New College, University of Oxford.

In making the announcement, ACG President Dr. Bruce D. Thibodeau said, “Wendy Clark is a wonderful new addition to the ACG team. We are excited for her to lend her expertise in the museum and visual art field, and throughout the creative industries, to our clients in the United States and Canada. Her vast training in diversity, equity, and inclusion will greatly help our executive search clients minimize unconscious bias when identifying, cultivating, and recruiting candidates and maximize their efforts in hiring candidates of color and those from historically underrepresented communities.”

“I am thrilled to be joining ACG’s leadership transitions team,” said Ms. Clark. “Decades of recruitment at the NEA and in the museum, design, and visual art fields, as well as identifying thousands of diverse experts to adjudicate federal grants, has ideally positioned me to advise today’s arts and culture organizations in their quest to find tomorrow’s leaders.”

About Arts Consulting Group (ACG)
Arts Consulting Group (ACG) is the leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement, strategic planning & community engagement, facilities & program planning, and other capacity building services for the arts and culture industry. Founded in 1997, ACG is a full-service firm that effectively works with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, universities, government agencies, and for-profit entities that operate in the creative industries. The firm takes a contemporary approach to client challenges and opportunities focused on growing institutions, advancing arts and culture, and enhancing communities. ACG senior team members have leadership experience in every type of artistic and cultural discipline, and they seamlessly adapt to clients’ rapidly changing strategies, business models, and operating environments. The firm continues its rapid growth and currently has locations in Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, Raleigh, Tampa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. ACG employees and consultants are embedded in communities throughout North America to invigorate clients so that they can achieve the delicate balance between cultural impacts and business sustainability. For more information, please visit or contact or (888) 234.4236.


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