October 20, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Three Finalists for Art Museum Director Announced

The City of Springfield is pleased to announce the selection of three finalists for the position of Director of the Springfield Art Museum. The candidates will be in Springfield on Friday for interviews with the Art Museum Board. The candidates also will meet with the City of Springfield's Leadership Team and will participate in a meet-and-greet session with the public.

In alphabetical order, the candidates are:

A selection committee consisting of the Art Museum Board plus Springfield Regional Arts Council Executive Director Leah Jenkins; longtime local arts advocate Rob Baird; Assistant City Manager Collin Quigley; and Human Resources Director Sheila Maerz will interview the candidates. The Art Museum Board will make the final selection, as required by the City Charter.

"As with previous searches for the Police Chief and the Director of Aviation, we have been deliberate about gathering community input during this search," said City Manager Greg Burris. "I am committed to an open and transparent process when it comes to hiring those who lead some of our community's most vital institutions."

Input from the public at the Art Museum Board's Sept. 8, 2011 meeting has been incorporated into the interview process, and additional feedback from the public following Friday's meet-and-greet session will be provided to the Board. The meet-and-greet session will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, in the lobby of the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr. All three candidates will briefly introduce themselves and will then be free to talk to those in attendance for the remainder of the session. They will also be available to the media at that time.

For more information, contact: Collin Quigley, Assistant City Manager, (417) 864-1116; or Sheila Maerz, Director of Human Resources, (417) 864-1600.

About the Museum:

The Springfield Art Museum is the permanent home for some 8,895 art objects representing thousands of years of culture. Special collections include 19th, 20th, and 21st century American paintings, watercolors, sculptures, and prints.

Incorporated in 1928, the Museum was first operated entirely by volunteers and still relies heavily on community support in a variety of ways. The Museum has had several homes along the way. The present Museum, on the edge of Phelps Grove Park, first opened in 1958.

A 392-seat auditorium was completed in 1974 and extensive renovation of the Museum was completed in 1984. In 1994, the Jeannette L. Musgrave Wing with four new exhibition galleries and storage for the permanent collections was completed. In 2008, a new wing with an entry hall, galleries, gift shop, and a new library was completed.

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