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Amy Moorefield will head a team of five curators as deputy director of exhibitions.
Courtesy Amy Moorefield
Amy Moorefield will leave the job she’s held since 2008 as executive director of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University.
Friday, August 30, 2013
For the first time in three years, Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art has a full-time deputy director of exhibitions.
Amy Moorefield will leave the job she’s held since 2008 as executive director of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University and start work at the Taubman on Sept. 16.
“I look forward to building a dynamic exhibition program,” said Moorefield, who is president of the Roanoke Arts Commission and serves on the board of Virginians for the Arts.
Taubman Executive Director Della Watkins said the museum began a national search for a deputy director of exhibitions in May. The museum whittled 27 candidates down to three finalists — including Moorefield — who were brought to the museum for interviews.
“Her hire was absolutely about her relationship with artists in our state and region,” as well as the national network she’s built and her ability to be a team leader, Watkins said.
Moorefield said that her entire career has been spent in academics — before Hollins, she worked at Virginia Commonwealth University — so she’s looking forward to the challenge of switching to the nonprofit sector. As deputy director of exhibitions, she’ll work with a team of five adjunct curators to organize shows, and she’ll have more space to work with than she did at Hollins. She also looks forward to contributing to the downtown Roanoke art scene.
“I feel very confident about Della’s leadership,” Moorefield said. Watkins came aboard as the museum’s third executive director in February.
The Taubman hasn’t had a full-time exhibition director since David Brown resigned in 2010. Moorefield’s Wilson Museum duties at Hollins will be handled in the interim by exhibitions manager Janet Carty and operations manager Laura Jane Ramsburg.
When Moorefield starts she won’t be the only new face at the Taubman. Over the summer the museum has replaced its entire development and marketing staff.
Kimberly Turner, hired in 2011 as director of development by previous Executive Director David Mickenberg, stepped down in June after getting married. The staff that worked under her left because of life changes or other opportunities, Watkins said.
Last month the museum announced the hire of Regina Rodwell-Bell as deputy director of development and marketing. Rodwell-Bell most recently worked as a fundraising and development consultant for the Edward Hopper House, the China Institute in America, and Shen Wei Dance Art, all in New York.
Other new hires include marketing and business relations manager Bryan Hantman, development services assistant Elizabeth Woodford, development manager Holly Digangi and finance manager Jeff Newman. The museum also intends to hire a new membership manager.
“We’re building a team to make a successful future for us,” Watkins said.
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