More changes anticipated for Museum of Art

ALBANY, Ga. -- There could be some additional changes coming to the Albany Museum of Art in the coming months, officials confirm.

Karen Kemp, who came on as the interim executive director in early August, said that there are some renovations coming to the museum. Meanwhile, a search is expected to soon get under way to find a new person to head up the facility.

Kemp has been overseeing the operations at the museum in place of Nick Nelson, the former executive director who has since taken a similar position in Springfield, Mo.

Banks Margeson, president of the museum's board of trustees, said plans are in the works to eventually fill that spot, but that they are not looking for candidates just yet.

"We have not yet begun an active search for an executive director at this time," she said on Friday. "As we begin the preliminary stages of our search, we are working on an overall strategic plan for the museum. Part of this plan includes articulating the specific skill set needed as the museum moves into the 30th year in 2013."

In regard to the renovations, Margeson said the anticipated improvements to the facility are still in the planning stages. There are some ideas already in place.

While all of that is being laid out, there will be efforts instituted to make funds available for the necessary changes, she said.

"Another part of our strategic plan will involve museum upgrades to showcase our 2,100-piece collection, including enhancing our children's space and improving rental facilities," Margeson said. "The board of trustees is working on a master plan for the facility, which will include fundraising efforts for building improvements. We look forward to unveiling our plan to the community for our 30th year as it develops."

The only other change to occur on the staff in recent weeks was Cristin Kirbo coming on board as the director of marketing and public relations. she has been with the museum for a few weeks, Kemp said.

"Cristin is very talented," Kemp said. "She will do a good job."

Kemp also said there were not any more changes regarding personnel expected to take place in the near future. Aside from the renovations, Kemp said the museum was working to expand on event opportunities as well as membership.


KaosinAlbany 3 years, 2 months ago

What a shame AMA lost Nick Nelson. He really turned that place around. I hope they get someone who is just as innovative as Nick to head the AMA. It might also benefit AMA if they would reach out to some of the local artists in the Downtown Arts Coalition. I would love to see Sean Mulkey's art exhibited in the museum. He's really a talented artist.


albany32 3 years, 2 months ago

There was nothing innovative about what Mr. Nelson did at the AMA. Only time will tell how his career pans out in Springfield.


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