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Search for Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Underway

Story posted January 05, 2009

A national search is underway for a new Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Reporting to the Dean for Academic Affairs, the Director will provide curatorial oversight, strategic leadership and management expertise for the newly renovated Museum.

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As a teaching facility, the core of the Museum's mission is to keep its rich collections within immediate reach of students, faculty, scholars and art lovers while mounting exhibitions with institutional as well as local and national appeal.

"Our belief is that a liberal arts education is the best way to shape informed and responsible citizens for our society and the world," says President Barry Mills. "In this respect, the expanded and renovated Bowdoin College Museum of Art is a vital cultural resource for our students, faculty and community."

A search committee comprising faculty and staff says the Director will ensure the Museum's mission, act as an intellectual and cultural catalyst on campus and build productive relationships with students, faculty, alumni and the broader arts community.

The committee says the successful candidate will be an inspiring, energetic and collaborative leader who will fully embrace the Museum's contribution to the College’s educational mission through exhibitions, programming and engagement with curricular initiatives.

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"We've been doing a lot of talking at Bowdoin about the role of the arts in the liberal arts," says Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd, "about the way in which the study and practice of art is important to our humanity, about knowing that art provides the way of understanding the past and the present, the way of understanding connections."

The Museum houses one of the oldest college art collections in the nation, encompassing more than 14,000 objects in categories including Ancient; European; American; Non-Western; Modern and Contemporary; and Prints, Drawings and Photography.

The Museum's award-winning $20.8 million renovation and expansion, completed in 2007, integrates the Museum's traditional features with a dramatic new entry pavilion, an inviting glass curtain wall and a complete renovation of the entire interior of the building.

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The renovation and expansion increased the Museum's total space by 63 percent, from 19,980 to 32,550 square feet, adding seven new galleries, increased storage and flexible instructional space.

The College is looking for candidates with previous curatorial and administrative experience in a museum or arts-related organization.

A master's degree in art, art history or appropriate relevant discipline is required; a Ph.D. is ideal. Connections to a national and international network of artists, scholars, critics and other arts professionals who can be called upon to enhance programmatic excellence is a plus.

Nominations and applicants should submit their materials, including a cover letter and resume, to Laurie Nash or Paul Chou, Russell Reynolds Associates, 200 Park Avenue, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10166, or by email to Bowdoin-dir@russellreynolds.com. Electronic submissions are preferred.

Get more information about the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the role and key priorities of its Director.

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