Job Opportunity: Director of Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

Vassar College: Director of Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Vassar College seeks Director of Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the most comprehensive art museum in New York’s Hudson Valley (about 75 miles north of Manhattan).
We seek a Director for the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York (https://fllac.vassar.edu/) who can make full use of and build strategically upon the extensive resources in the most comprehensive art museum in the Hudson Valley. Its varied collections, dynamic exhibitions and educational activities reach out to both the college community and a broad regional public. Reporting to the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, the Director works closely with the President and senior officers of the College to serve the mission and goals of a residential liberal arts college which has always prized innovation and forward thinking.

Founded in 1861 as one of the earliest women’s colleges (and the first to become co-educational in 1969), the College opened its doors with both an art gallery and an observatory, signaling Vassar’s enduring educational philosophy of sending students “to the source.” Today’s Art Center, designed by Cesar Pelli, is an accredited modern museum whose collections originated with a superb acquisition of Hudson River School paintings at the College’s inception. Between then and now the collection has grown to more than 21,000 works, charting the history of art from Ancient Egypt to the present, and featuring important examples of modern and contemporary painting, sculpture and photography as well as Old Master paintings and works on paper. A locus for encounters with original works of art, the museum is an engine for experimentation that inspires student and faculty research projects in and beyond art history, while fostering connections across all academic disciplines from the humanities to the sciences. Its purpose is to elicit the excitement of discovery, to promote critical and creative thinking, to deepen visual literacy, and to foster in students a full sensorium of intellect and emotion in order to expand imagination and openness to the world around them.

As the public face of the Art Center and leader of an excellent staff, the Director represents Vassar and the Art Center to patrons and partners nationally and globally, is responsible for stewarding and strengthening the assets of the Art Center by judiciously acquiring new works and encouraging significant gifts and bequests to the collection, and encourages a working environment that empowers both innovation and collaboration.

Applicants are expected to possess a Ph.D. in Art History or an allied field, have had direct experience of museum work, and be eager to interact with a varied constituency: faculty and students, administrators, alumnae/i, arts institutions, visitors, outside scholars and potential donors.
Application review begins November 1, 2018, continuing until the position is filled. Cover letter, resume, and contact information from at least three professional references should be submitted electronically to https://employment.vassar.edu. Nominations may be sent to Marianne H. Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, at Loebdirectorsearch@vassar.edu.
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Author: Jacqueline Francis

Writer, teacher, curator, and arts consultant in San Francisco, California. Follow me on Twitter @JackieFrancisSF

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