The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) has selected Joanna L. Groarke as Vice President for Exhibitions and Programming, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on June 2, 2022.
Joanna Groarke has been serving as the Interim Head of Exhibitions at The New York Botanical Garden, where she has led a team that develops exhibitions, interpretive materials and publications, and public programming integrating NYBG’s multidisciplinary mission areas of science, education, and horticulture. Her service to NYBG extends over 10 years having previously worked as Director of Public Engagement & Library Exhibitions Curator, Curator of Interpretive Content for Public Engagement, and Interpretive Specialist. She has more than 15 years of experience creating exhibitions, events, and audience development programs for institutions including the Irish Arts Center and Tufts University Art Gallery. She will bring to her new role extensive experience in innovative, visitor-centered exhibition and program development, purposeful strategy and business planning, and building talented, motivated teams.
Her strength in program planning and implementation is complemented by her involvement with the American Alliance of Museums as a Board Member & Program Co-Chair for the National Association for Museum Exhibition. In 2018, she was awarded the Gold Davey Award for Best User Experience for the Georgia O'Keeffe Interactive Guide. Groarke holds a bachelor of arts in sociology from The College of William and Mary and a master of arts in Art History from Tufts University.
“I am excited and honored to take on the role of Vice President for Exhibitions and Programming at The New York Botanical Garden,” said Groarke. “It’s a privilege every day to work with such talented colleagues across the institution, and I’m looking forward to working together to realize exhibitions and programs that inspire, delight, and surprise our visitors while supporting our mission and providing a platform for artists, researchers, and creative collaborators across disciplines.”
“ACG was honored to work with The New York Botanical Garden on the national executive search and ecstatic to have landed on Joanna Groarke as Vice President for Exhibitions and Programming,” said ACG Senior Advisor Jane Hsu. “It is clear that her creativity, receptivity to new ideas, and deep dedication to NYBG’s mission to advance the public’s relationship with nature will provide a meaningful and engaging experience for visitors.”