ALBANY -- A search for a new director at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Mo., has yielded two finalists.
One of them is Nick Nelson, the executive director for the Albany Museum of Art.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Nelson has been named as a finalist for the job along with Connie Gibbons, executive director of the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyo.
The new director will replace the museum's former director, who retired in October. An initial search resulted in three finalists being rejected and the search starting over again in February, according to a story that appeared in the local paper.
Nelson was reportedly among more than 100 candidates to apply. Applicants were whittled down to the top 12 and then further narrowed down to the final seven.
Those seven were offered a web-based interview, which led to Nelson and Gibbons being brought to Springfield for final interviews and a public forum that took place Monday, the News-Leader reports.
Nelson was traveling back from Springfield on Tuesday and was not immediately available for comment.
Nelson came to the Albany Museum of Art in 2006 as the curator of education. Before taking that position, he coordinated art programs through the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
Having gotten a master's degree from Georgia Southern, he also taught at the institution as a professor, directed summer art camps and served as director of the university's art gallery. He also directed ArtsFest, the school's annual arts festival.
Nelson, a Carrollton native and Georgia Southwestern State University graduate, took the position as executive director in 2009 following a stint as the museum's interim director after the position had been vacated.
The Springfield Art Museum, which is home to 8,895 art objects according to the www.springfieldmo.gov/art, was first incorporated in 1928. It opened in its present location in 1958, and operates under the authority of a nine-member board.