Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nicolaysen Art Museum names new director

From a press release:

The Board of Directors for the Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center has hired Connie Gibbons, a 20-year museum professional in Texas and the Midwest, to serve as the museum’s new executive director, according to Board President Peter Nicolaysen.

“The board was extremely impressed with Ms. Gibbons’ qualifications and character, and her experience in museum leadership,” he said. “We are certain that Ms. Gibbons will be a wonderful leader for the NIC in the years to come.”

Gibbons will begin her duties on Jan. 1, 2011.

A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Gibbons received her Masters in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and her BA from Drury University in Springfield, Mo.

Most recently, she was executive director of the B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Miss., where she oversaw construction and exhibit development of that museum, which opened in September 2008. In the last two years, Gibbons has also served as a panelist for grant reviews with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mississippi Arts Commission, a field reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and MAP Reviewer with the American Association of Museums.

“I am excited about moving to Casper and working with the museum,” Gibbons said. “I think it’s doing some incredible work and I can’t wait to get started.”

Gibbons will take over the position currently served by the NIC’s Acting Director Val Kulhavy, who will continue as Director of Administrative Services.

The museum conducted a nationwide search to fill its top position and the board received more than 25 applications.

For more information, call the NIC at (307) 235-5247.