Wendy Clark joined ACG in 2020 with more than 35 years of experience in museums, visual arts, and design. Her areas of expertise include grantmaking, programming support, and project management on a national scale. She also has extensive training and experience in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, implicit bias, ethics, anti-harassment, the Hatch Act, leadership, cyber-security, and executive coaching.
Most recently serving as Director of Museums, Visual Arts, and Indemnity at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Ms. Clark managed policy, program development and evaluation, peer review, and the federal grant making portfolios for the nation’s museums and visual arts fields. During her tenure, she was 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. Ms. Clark also worked to make the NEA more accessible to Native American communities, tribal governments, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Her other 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.
“Today’s cultural organizations are increasingly called upon to expand their missions to help communities cope with contemporary challenges. The cultural sector is an ecosystem, dependent upon the interaction and support of a variety of parties. Its success is contingent on the collaboration of patrons, foundations, and the public, corporate. and governmental sectors.”
“Museums, theater companies, libraries, and universities are filling a vacuum—functioning as community hubs and places for reflection and respite in addition to fulfilling their core missions. This is a tall order and requires the right leadership. Helping the arts and culture sector navigate transitions to find the right team members is mission critical.”
Prior to 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.
Ms. Clark's ACG professional and client work includes:
Illinois Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
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