Yesterday, as Glasstire’s Christina Rees posted her Weaver Watch (former DMA curator Suzanne Weaver’s exit from Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art), the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art also announced the appointment of the its new executive director, Emily Ballew Neff.
It was a little more than a year ago that Neff left her curatorial position at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston after almost 20 years to assume the directorship of Oklahoma University’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
The president of the Brooks board of trustees said that the search committee was impressed by Neff’s experience: “She has a good understanding of the role of the museum in the community and its responsibilities.” He also stated that Neff’s approachability and her articulate character impressed the committee. “It’s really exciting. I feel as if this is the beginning of a new era for the Brooks.” Neff is also president of the Association of Art Museum Curators and recently served as a fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York.