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Executive Director of University Museums - 000143
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND MUSEUMS
The University of Richmond invites applications for the position of Executive Director of University Museums. We are looking for an engaging and experienced museum professional, committed to exhibiting, collecting, and promoting excellent visual art on campus and realizing UR Museums as one of Richmond's premier art destinations. We are seeking a strong advocate for heightened visibility and impact of arts on the UR campus and in the community through inspiring, inclusive, and effective leadership of the University Museums team. The Executive Director reports to the Dean of School of Arts and Sciences.
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
The University of Richmond is a private university, located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With nearly 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90 percent of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is focused on preparing students "to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society."
The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment.
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND MUSEUMS
The University of Richmond Museums, which resides within the School of Arts and Sciences, consists of the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, and the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. The annual Museums operating budget is $1.1 and the Executive Director supervises eight staff.
Aligned with the mission and values of the University of Richmond, these three museums provide diverse exhibitions and programming centered on art, culture, history, and natural history that reflect the strengths of the collections. The Harnett Museum of Art has a collection of roughly 750 paintings, sculpture and prints dating from the 1500's through today. The Harnett Print Study Center houses over 6,500 prints, drawings, photographs, artist books, and other works on paper. The Lora Robins Gallery features the collection of thousands of shells, minerals and fossils as well as decorative arts, ceramics, and other cultural material. In addition to exhibitions, the Museums engage with these audiences through lectures, workshops, gallery talks, and tours, often collaborating with other departments within the University.
CITY OF RICHMOND CULTURAL LANDSCAPES
Richmond is both the capital of Virginia and an arts and culture capital. The cultural landscape of Richmond includes a thriving Arts District that encompasses the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, and The Valentine. Additional notable Richmond cultural institutions include the Richmond Symphony, the Richmond Ballet, the Richmond Forum and the annual Richmond Folk Festival. The University of Richmond maintains strong partnerships with all of these organizations, and many others. Public art and monuments are also woven into the landscape and part of ongoing local dialogue. In 2020, The New York Times named the altered Robert E. Lee Statue the most influential work of American protest art since World War II.
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