U.Va. Art Museum Curator Selected for Prestigious Museum Leadership Program

June 08, 2010

June 7, 2010 — University of Virginia Art Museum curator Andrea Douglas has been selected to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute's Museum Leadership Institute at Claremont (Calif.) College. The program will be held at the Getty Center in Los Angeles from July 10 through 29.

Douglas will join more than 30 museum leaders from around the world to explore the increasingly complex issues that face senior museum executives and their institutions, including new technologies and shifts in philanthropic matters.

Participants are selected based on their ability to influence policy and effect change at their institutions. They represent various roles in the museum field, including directors, curators, educators and those involved in fundraising and finance. The eclectic group is selected to "create a diversity of perspectives and experience for group discussions," according to the announcement of this year's participants.

The group includes senior leaders from prominent museums, institutions and university museums, including the National Museums of Science and Industry in London; National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Institute's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington; Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; California Science Museum; Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; the Queensland Museum in Australia; Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine; and University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks. Museum leaders from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Scotland, Portugal and China will attend the institute.

Attendees will pursue coursework addressing strategic thinking, finance and organizational behavior, to include topics such as building public understanding, achieving financial stability and leading organizational change through case studies and other exercises.

More than 1,000 museum professionals from the U.S. and other countries have attended the Museum Leadership Institute since 1979, among them the U.Va. Art Museum's director, Bruce Boucher, who attended the course in 2006.

"We are pleased and proud that Andrea Douglas has been selected for this highly competitive program," Boucher said. ":It is a feather in her cap and ours that she will be looking at the problems confronting museums today from the vantage point of one of the best programs of this type in the country." .

This is the first museum leadership program since the Getty Leadership Institute's move from the Getty Center to its new home at Claremont Graduate University in January. The Getty Foundation continues to support the Getty Leadership Institute with a three-year, $2.2 million grant.

— By Jane Ford