As part of our effort to draw public attention and support to the arts, and as an outgrowth of our passion for leaders in the nonprofit world, we sat down to chat with 25 accomplished arts innovators from around the nation during Art Basel Miami, to discuss the current state of the arts ecosystem. Our conversations produced insights on the accomplishments, initiatives, and obstacles faced by arts organizations around the US today. These leaders are strengthening the ecosystem for art and artists. Subscribe through the mOppenheimTV mobile app for alerts as video interviews will be released starting 2017!
John Stomberg, Director of the Hood Museum of Art
John is the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Dartmouth College has been collecting objects since 1772, just three years after its founding, and there are presently about 65,000 objects in the Hood Museum of Art’s care. This collection is among the oldest and largest of any college or university in the country.
Hope Alswang, Executive Director and CEO of the Norton Museum of Art
Hope is the Executive Director and CEO of the Norton Museum of Art. Since its founding in 1941, The Norton Museum of Art has grown and evolved to become one of Florida’s major cultural institutions.The Museum’s Collection consists of approximately 7,000+ works of art concentrated in the following departments: European, American, Chinese, Contemporary and Photography.
Joel Hoffman, Executive Director Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Joel is the Executive Director of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is an internationally renowned accredited museum and a National Historic Landmark. The museum is known for its rich history, architecture, gardens, and art and living collections, and it retains one of the only remaining native forests in Miami.
Andrew Blauvelt, Director of the Cranbrook Art Museum
Andrew is the Director of the Cranbrook Art Museum and a practicing graphic designer for more than 20 years. The Cranbrook Art Museum invites viewers to discover relevant and transformative moments in modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design.The Cranbrook Art Museum is part of Cranbrook Educational Community, one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art.
Jorge Zamanillo (Director) & Stuart Chase (President and CEO) of HistoryMiami Museum
Jorge is the Director of History Miami Museum and Stuart is President and CEO of the organization. Through exhibitions, artistic endeavors, education, research and publications, HistoryMiami Museum works to help everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami’s future.
Cameron Kitchin, Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum
Cameron is the Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Cameron guides the museum’s institutional vision, the collection of over 67,000 objects spanning 6,000 years, exhibitions, publications, research resources, art library, educational initiatives, outreach programs, external relations, administrative management and strategic planning.
Dr. Asad Dean – Board, Modern Art Museum of Fortworth
Dr. Dean is a member of the Executive Committee at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the oldest art museum in Texas and one of the oldest museums in the western United States. The Modern maintains one of the foremost collections of postwar art in the central United States, consisting of nearly 3,000 significant works.
Julian Zugazagoitia, Director of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Julian is the Director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art arose from the instincts and ambitions of two private individuals who shared the dream of providing a public art museum for Kansas City and the surrounding region. Today, the museum maintains collections of more than 35,000 works of art and welcomes 500,000 visitors a year.
Brook Davis Anderson (Executive Director), Chris Alfieri (Board Member) of Prospect New Orleans
Brooke is the Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans and Chris is one of the founding Executive Board Member of Prospect New Orleans. Prospect presents the work of diverse local, national, and international artists in unique and culturally exceptional venues in New Orleans.
Michael Scolamiero, Executive Director of Miami City Ballet
Michael is the Executive Director of Miami City Ballet. Miami City Ballet’s mission is to produce and present the highest level of dance performances throughout Florida, the United States and abroad, train young aspiring dancers, and develop Miami City Ballet School into a leader of dance education. The Ballet is led by Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez who is considered a leader in the field.
Lawrence Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art
Lawrence is the Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). The North Carolina Museum of Art serves the people of North Carolina and all visitors as a premier destination for compelling encounters with art. The NCMA is committed to exemplary scholarship and innovative educational enrichment. The NCMA is the largest repository of Rodin’s work in the American South.
David E. Little, Director and Chief Curator of the Mead Art Museum
David is the Director and Chief Curator of the Mead Art Museum. The Mead holds the art collection of Amherst College, celebrated for its American and European paintings, Mexican ceramics, Tibetan scroll paintings, English paneled room, ancient Assyrian carvings, Russian avant-garde art, West African sculpture and Japanese prints.
Paula Panczenko, Executive Director of Tandem Press
Paula is the Executive Director of Tandem Press. Tandem Press is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Art in the School of Education. Tandem Press offers an extraordinary educational experience where undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with curators and master printers to create and promote artwork by internationally renowned artists.
Sara Reisman, Artistic Director of The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
Sara is the Artistic Director of The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. The Foundation was established to provide opportunities for creative engagement with issues that affect underserved communities. In order to further this goal, the Foundation promotes art and education,as well as partnerships between the public & private sectors and among cultural organizations and advocates of social justice.
Ellen Salpeter, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami
Ellen is the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. ICA Miami provides an international platform for the work of established and emerging artists, and advances the public appreciation and understanding of the most innovative and experimental art of our time. ICA Miami is building its new, permanent home in Miami’s Design District.
Scott Stulen, Executive Director of the Philbrook Museum of Art
Scott is the Executive Director of the Philbrook Museum of Art. Serving over 160,000 visitors annually, Philbrook has become a poignant testimony to Tulsa’s past while building a shining example of this city’s bright future. The museum is known for its expansive collection that covers American Art, Native American Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Antiquities, African Art, Asian Art among others.
John W. Smith, Director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum
John is the Director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. The RISD Museum acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets works of art and design representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. The Museum educates and inspires artists, designers, students, scholars, and the general public through exhibitions, programs, and publications.
Frank Verpoorten, Director of the Baker Museum
Frank is the Director and Chief Curator of The Baker Museum, the visual arts platform of Artis—Naples. The Baker Museum is the foremost fine arts museum in Southwest Florida. Emphasizing modern and contemporary art, the museum hosts several traveling exhibitions annually to complement installations of works from its permanent collections.
Bill Arning, Director of the Contemporary Art Museum Houston
Bill is the Director of the Contemporary Art Museum Houston. Founded in 1948, the Museum prides itself on presenting new art and documenting its role in modern life through exhibitions, lectures, original publications, and a variety of educational programs and events. The CAMH occupies an iconic stainless steel building in the heart of the Houston Museum District.
Jill Deupi, Director and Chief Curator of the Lowe Art Museum
Jill is the Director and Chief Curator of the Lowe Art Museum. The mission of the Lowe Art Museum is to serve the University, the Greater South Florida communities, and national and international visitors as a teaching and exhibiting resource. Its 17,500–object collection is one of the most important in the southeast.
Brian Kennedy, Director of the Toledo Museum of Art
Brian is the Director and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art. Since its founding, the Museum has earned a global reputation for the quality of the collection, education programs, and significant campus. The museums has more than 30,000 works of art representing American and European painting, the history of art in glass, works from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt among others.
Glen Gentele, Director and CEO of the Orlando Museum of Art
Glen is the Director and CEO of the Orlando Museum of Art. Annually, the Museum presents 10-12 exhibitions on-site and 13 exhibitions off-site, award-winning art enrichment programs, unlimited gallery tours, teacher in-service training programs, video programs, art appreciation lectures, studio classes, and outreach services in its facility and throughout the community.
Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Susan is the Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions. By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad.
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