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Three Senior Managers Join University Of Virginia Art Museum Staff

January 20, 2004 -- University of Virginia Art Museum director Jill Hartz recently announced three new staff appointments, which were effective in early January.

Claire Holman Thompson is the museum’s director of development. Thompson, who held this position in 1999, earned her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College and her master’s degrees in Italian and anthropology.

Before coming to Virginia, Thompson was deputy director of advancement for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash. She has been a fund-raising consultant for Braun and Associates in Austin, and she served as campaign director for the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, where she set strategies to identify, cultivate and solicit prospects for the museum’s $100 million capital campaign.

Thompson succeeds Kate Lambert, who was appointed director of U.Va.’s arts campaign.

Andrea Douglas has been named curator of collections and exhibitions, filling a position vacated by the retirement of Suzanne Foley. Douglas received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, a master’s degree from Binghamton University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in art history from U.Va. Douglas has taught at Tulane University, Piedmont Virginia Community College and U.Va. She was manager of the management assistance program of the United Way of New York City. Since fall 2002 Douglas has been the U.Va. Art Museum’s special projects curator in charge of “The Museum: Conditions and Spaces: Selections from the Collection of the University of Virginia Art Museum,” a new 260-page collections catalogue. The publication, which will be available in February, highlights 120 works in the collection with entries written by Douglas, the museum’s curators, faculty from the McIntire Department of Art, graduate students and free-lance scholars. Douglas is also serving as curator of the special exhibition, “Carrie Mae Weems: The Jefferson Suite,” which opens March 24. She also teaches in U.Va.’s art department.

Jena Leake is the new director of Summer Arts @ the Museum, replacing Jennifer Van Winkle. Leake, who has a master’s degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., was curator of education for Gallery Stratford, Ontario; a youth arts teacher for ArtReach in Charlottesville; and an expressive arts therapist in Charlottesville and Boone.

As an arts educator, Leake weaves movement, music and poetry into the arts experiences she leads for children, families and adults.

Summer Arts @ the Museum is a six-week, full-day program, offered in two-week sessions for elementary, middle and high-school students in the region. The program offers hands-on high quality arts activities, art appreciation and mentoring. Held in July and August, Summer Arts also features other art forms, including music, provided by the Music Resource Center in Charlottesville.

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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