Friday, November 11, 2016
Dean Barbara O. Korner is pleased to announce that Patrick J. McGrady, Charles V. Hallman Curator, has agreed to serve as interim director of the Palmer Museum of Art effective January 3, 2017. McGrady has been a curator at the Palmer since 1992, and previously spent five years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As Charles V. Hallman Curator, his curatorial responsibilities include the museum's European paintings and ceramics collections. A specialist in works on paper, he oversees the Drs. Albert and Lorraine Kligman Print and Drawing Study Room and directs the museum's Print Study Club. McGrady holds a Ph.D. in art history from Binghamton University.
As announced previously, current director Jan Muhlert will retire effective December 31, 2016. The search for the next director of the Palmer is well underway. Andy Schulz, associate dean for research, is chairing the search committee, and the college has retained Management Consultants for the Arts (MCA) to assist with the identification and vetting of candidates. MCA Associate Diane Frankel, who has been with the firm since 2005, met in September with the search committee, Palmer staff, college leadership, members of the Palmer Advisory Board, President Barron, and others. For the position description and information on the application process, see www.mcaonline.us. Recommendations for potential candidates are welcome. "We hope that the new director will be on the job by July 1, 2017, if not sooner," Schulz said. "However, our top priority is finding the right person to build on Jan's legacy and lead the Palmer in the next phase of its evolution, and we will take whatever time is necessary to accomplish that objective."