Completed: Chief Curator, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Chief Curator
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts welcomes Rehema Barber as Chief Curator. Rehema arrives from the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University, where she was Director and Chief Curator. Rehema’s experience has included University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s School of Art + Design, University of Memphis, Memphis College of Art, Power House Memphis, and The Amistad Center at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Her BA is from Roosevelt University, MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she is certified in Elementary and Secondary Art Education from the University of Missouri.

Rehema’s passion for accessible and innovative arts programming and scholarship and wide and deep reservoir of connections among significant and emerging artists distinguished her candidacy and prepared her for an active role in KIA’s present and future growth.

Currier Museum of Art Concludes Director/CEO Search

Currier Museum of Art

Currier Museum of Art
President & CEO
Manchester, New Hampshire
Alan Chong arrived as the new Director and CEO of the Currier Museum of Art in September, 2016. Alan succeeds Susan Strickler, also an ORI placement, who retired after a remarkable 20-year tenure.

Alan comes to the Currier after 6 years as Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum in Singapore. Previously, Alan was the Lia and William Poorvu Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum. Raised in Hawaii, Chong earned a doctorate in art history from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art from Yale University. His areas of specialization include cross-cultural art and 17th-century Dutch art.

Columbia Museum of Art Executive Director Search Completed

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

Columbia Museum of Art
Executive Director
Columbia, South Carolina

The Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) Board of Trustees has appointed Della Watkins as the next Executive Director, beginning Oct. 1, 2017. Della arrives at CMA from her position as Director of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia. Previously, Della held successively more responsible positions in museum education over 16 years at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

“One of Della’s greatest strengths is her engagement in the community,” said CMA Search Committee Chair Earl Ellis. “The Columbia Museum of Art is a community asset, and we were seeking a proven leader who had demonstrated strengths in community engagement.”
Opportunity Resources is pleased to bring Della to CMA to succeed Karen Brosius, whom we placed 12 years ago and whose tenure was marked by the transformation of CMA into an award-winning, vibrant institution and a jewel in the cultural life of Columbia and the State of South Carolina.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Completed Executive Director Search

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
Executive Director
Auburn, Indiana

Brandon Anderson began his duties recently as the fifth executive director in the 44-year history of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Brandon has been deputy executive director for 5-1/2 years at The History Museum in his native South Bend, Indiana.

Brandon studied historic preservation and architectural history at the Savannah College of Art in Georgia. He went on to earn his master’s degree in museum studies from the University of Oklahoma. His previous positions were at Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina, that state’s first capitol building, and at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art Completed Director & CEO Search

Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Director & CEO
Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Westmoreland Museum of American Art
©Roy Engelbrecht

Anne Kraybill arrives in August, 2018 as the new Director and CEO of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. She succeeds Judith Hansen O’Toole, who is retiring after 25 years in the position. Anne will be just the third director in the museum’s history.

Anne comes to the Westmoreland from an eight-year tenure at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. There she was promoted through several positions to become Director of Education and Research in Learning and a member of the leadership team. Anne has a master’s degree in museum education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and was a graduate assistant at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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Freda Mindlin
Freda Mindlin, President and Founder

Freda Mindlin

Freda Mindlin, President/CEO of Opportunity Resources, has over twenty-five years of executive search experience in the not-for-profit cultural sector. This includes several years when Freda was affiliated with Johnson Smith & Knisely and Ward Howell, two major international executive search firms where she managed the not-for-profit practice divisions.

Approximately twenty years ago Freda established Opportunity Resources Inc. as a stand-alone search firm. With a significant background in the world of cultural and educational organizations, Freda has personally executed or supervised several hundred senior-level executive search assignments for museums of every genre, including history, science and visual art and performing arts organizations throughout the United States.

Freda is recognized as a knowledgeable resource in the arts industry. She has served as a speaker at conferences and workshops for professional organizations including the American Alliance of Museums (formerly American Association of Museums), Association of Art Museum Directors and the Rehabilitation Services Administration on leadership, Board/ Director relationships and careers in the arts. Freda chaired the grants review panel for service and presenting organizations for the New York State Council for the Arts for three years. She has also served on not-for-profit boards including the East Hampton Contemporary Art Center, Women In Development, NY, and ArtTable Inc.

Originally from New England, Freda attended the University of Maine and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.