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.

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How Our Process Works

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At Opportunity Resources Inc., each stage of our process has been developed and refined during 25-plus years of successful recruitment. We provide our clients with the highest standards of service and state-of-the-art methodology. Our engagement begins with an in-depth on-site analysis and does not end until the new candidate is integrated into his or her new leadership role.

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Our on-site assignment study involves meeting with the Search Committee, trustees, staff members and others with whom the new incumbent will have working relationships, in order to gain a complete understanding of the position, the organization’s needs and objectives and its culture.

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Following the site visit and in consultation with the Search Committee, we develop a thoroughly thought-out and clearly articulated Position Description reflecting the demands of the position, the qualifications required of the individual most likely to succeed in the position and the specific short- and long-term expectations of the new hire.

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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.