The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Announces National Search for Curator

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The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has announced its search for a new Curator. The search will be lead by Heidrick & Struggles, a worldwide executive recruiting firm that placed the current Director of the Museum in 2009.

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In order to continue our momentum we need a curator with strong academic credentials, previous museum experience and one who understands the importance of a ‘visitor-centered’ approach to art museums. - Rob Kret, Director, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum announced today that it has engaged the services of Heidrick & Struggles, a worldwide executive recruitment firm, to conduct a national search to fill the position of Curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

The Curator position, which originally included curatorial and Research Center duties, will be split into two separate positions due to exponential growth of responsibilities in both areas over the last 10 years. The search for the Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center will commence in the near future.

Board member John Marion will chair a search committee consisting of board members Anne Marion, Jack Kinzie, Lee Dirks, Board President Roxanne Decyk, and Museum Director Robert Kret. The committee met in Santa Fe on July 26, 2012 with New York-based Naree W.S. Viner, Principal at Heidrick & Struggles, to kick off the search. Viner was charged with filling the Director position at the Museum in 2009 and is very familiar with the organization and the landscape for prospective candidates in the art museum world.

The Museum anticipates the process will take between 6 -9 months. Salaries for both positions are yet to be determined.

“The Museum has had an incredibly successful first 15 years,” said Kret. “In order to continue this momentum we need a curator with strong academic credentials, previous museum experience and one who understands the importance of a ‘visitor-centered’ approach to art museums. We need a team player who has the dexterity and flexibility to engage both the local community as well as national and international audiences.”

Board President Roxanne Decyk stated, “Our intentions as a search committee are in alignment with the overall mission of the institution; we are charged with finding the best person to perpetuate the legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe and the study of American Modernism.”

The Curator position will include such responsibilities as conducting research and documentation; organizing and overseeing installation of exhibitions from permanent and other collections; keeping track of and hosting appropriate traveling exhibitions organized by other institutions, overseeing the care and management of the Museum’s collections; conceptualizing and recommending policies and procedures related to exhibitions.

“We are thrilled with the development of the Museum and the place it has assumed in the art world in a relatively short period of time,” said John Marion. “This search is an opportunity and a challenge that we look forward to meeting.”

Barbara Buhler Lynes, a pre-eminent O’Keeffe scholar, became the first Curator in 1999, two years after the Museum opened. Lynes became the Director of the Research Center upon its opening in 2011. She resigned on May 11, 2012.

Applicants should send CVs to Heidrick & Struggles to this address: georgiaokeeffe(at)heidrick(dot)com


The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe, to defining its ongoing significance, and to the study and interpretation of American Modernism, late 19th century to the present. The Museum's collections, historic properties, exhibitions, Research Center, publications, and education programs contribute to scholarly discourse and inspire diverse audiences. Located in Santa Fe, NM, the Museum’s collections, exhibits, research center, publications and education programs contribute to scholarly discourse and serve diverse audiences. The largest single repository of the artist’s work in the world, it is the only museum in the world dedicated to an internationally known American woman artist and is the most visited art museum in New Mexico. For more information, go here.

The Research Center is the only museum-related research facility in the world dedicated to the study of American Modernism; it sponsors research in the fields of art history, architectural history and design, literature, music and photography.

Founded in 1953, Heidrick & Struggles has partnered with topnotch arts, cultural, and philanthropic institutions to provide the exceptional leadership clients need to meet strategic, operational and financial goals. Heidrick & Struggles is known for its selective assignments and knowledge of the specificities of the art world. Today, Heidrick & Struggles leadership experts operate from principal business centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Recent successful placements in the arts field include Executive Directors/Chief Executive Officers in such diverse institutions as the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), Dallas Museum of Art, French Regional & American Museum Exchange (FRAME), National Museum of American History, Williams College Museum of Art, and more. For more information, go to here.

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