The times they are a-changin'.In a relatively unprecedented development, two famous Taos art museums - the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Harwood Museum of Art - are both hiring …
The times they are a-changin'.
In a relatively unprecedented development, two famous Taos art museums - the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Harwood Museum of Art - are both hiring top staff at the same time.
Millicent Rogers Museum
"We have not had a mass exodus," said MRM Executive Director Dr. Caroline Jean Fernald with a hearty laugh. "With the exception of me leaving, it just so happened that a retirement and adding two new part-time positions all came together at the same time." Fernald will be leaving MRM Saturday (Sept. 7).
"Dr. Fernald will be sorely missed at the museum and in Taos," said board president Randy Phillips in a press announcement. "The energy and enthusiasm she has brought to the position of executive director has been invaluable to our recent success. We wish her all the best in her new position."
During Fernald's tenure the museum "more than doubled major gifts and grants, accepted gifts to its collection valued at over $750,000, increased the rotation of its permanent collection, raised funds through a match challenge for the museum's first permanent endowment, secured annual distributions from a private trust for the next 20 years and attained reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums," a board statement reads.
"I'm leaving my position for a career advancement opportunity," Fernald said. She has been at MRM since January 2016. Before that she was with the Couse-Sharp Foundation in Taos for two summers. She has accepted an executive director position with the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley, specializing in both Southwestern arts and culture in general, and Taos Society of Artists founder Joseph Henry Sharp in particular - practically a job custom-made for Fernald's specialties. "But I do realize how it looks with four open positions all at once," she said.
The other positions being vacated are museum store manager, and a new part-time development assistant and part-time admissions associate.
"We've actually been able to grow the staff for awhile now," Fernald continued, adding that they had been in kind of a holding pattern when she first got there. "I just wish I could be around long enough to help fill those positions. And, I have to do some shopping while I still have an employee discount!"
MRM trustee George Bartel is stepping off the board of trustees for a while to share an interim leadership role with MRM curator Carmela Quinto, while the trustees search for the new director.
"Working with the dedicated board, staff, volunteers and donors at the Millicent Rogers Museum has been such a rewarding experience," Fernald said in the announcement. "I am proud of what we have accomplished together and even more proud of the support the museum has received from the Taos community. The MRM is a unique museum and I consider myself to be very fortunate to have been a part of it."
The museum's store manager Nancy Colvert, who has been with MRM since 2007, is retiring in the fall, hence the hiring for her position. Fernald just finished the first round of interviews for manager and they are now starting their second round out of that initial pool of applicants.
"We had a lot of applicants in the first round," Fernald said, pleased with the numbers and caliber of talent. "It's a full-time, salaried position, and this is really a great place to work. Millicent Rogers Museum has very generous benefits - vacation, holidays, health care, retirement - definitely very competitive."
More information and applications for these positions can be found on the museum's website millicentrogers.org.
Millicent Rogers Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday from November to March and is open every day from April to October. Museum admission is free on Sundays for Taos County residents (special events not included). Contact (575) 758- 2462 or visit millicentrogers.org.
Harwood Museum curator
The Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico in Taos is hiring a curator of exhibitions and collections. Executive Director Juniper Manley said she and the board don't really expect to fill the position until January 2020.
"This is such a critical position for the Harwood and for the community in general," Manley said by phone Aug. 26. She clarified a bit of confusion about requirements stated online, noting that applicants must have a master's degree in art history, museum studies or related field; plus a minimum of three years' related work experience in museums or exhibition venues.
Interested applicants must submit a résumé and cover letter of interest for this position. Attach three supervisory references who can be contacted and a sample of art-related writing.
"We're going to make this a community process," Manley said about the national search process. "We will bring in the top three candidates for public presentation for community feedback." The search committee is made up of Harwood staff, board and community members who will cull through all the applications and then Skype interview the top 10, honing it down to two-day interviews with the board and staff.
According to the announcement from University of New Mexico job site, the chosen candidate for this position "will research, curate, develop and oversee the installation of 5-12 temporary exhibitions each year, plus new interpretation of permanent collection galleries. The curator of exhibitions and collections will direct the development, care and use of the Harwood Museum of Art's collections of fine art and historical archives. The curator will also utilize the museum's Gallery System TMS collections management system to engage K-12, university and lifelong learners with the Harwood's collections and exhibitions, both online and in the museum's galleries."
For complete applications, see unm.csod.com.
The Harwood Museum of Art is located at 238 Ledoux Street in Taos. Closed Mondays, it is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (575) 758-2052 or harwoodmuseum.org.
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