DOYLESTOWN — The James A. Michener Art Museum has named Lynne A. Molnar as interim executive director, effective May 16.
“The Board unanimously selected Lynne Molnar, an experienced Acting Director with a proven track record of successful acting assignments in a variety of nonprofit organizations,” the Board Chair said. from Michener, Virginia W. Sigety. “Lynne knows the area well from her previous work with the Hepatitis B Foundation in Doylestown. She grew up in Lawrenceville, NJ, and currently lives in nearby Pennington, NJ. We were delighted to have her available to provide us with her leadership expertise as we continue to build on Michener’s strong artistic heritage and financial foundation to create an exciting vision for the future that includes laying the groundwork for the future success of a permanent executive director. .”
Molnar is the principal of Molnar Consulting and is a recognized leader in the field of executive transitions and leadership development. She held twelve interim leadership positions and oversaw the placement of eighty interim and transition consultants in the greater New York and Boston areas. For more than 15 years, she has been active in the Executive Leadership Affinity Group of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, serving as co-chair twice. She has provided training and coaching to interim CEOs, as well as workshops on succession planning and executive transitions. Molnar holds graduate degrees in business from Boston University and in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Molnar said, “I am honored to lead the Michener Art Museum as Interim Executive Director and thrilled to be moving to Doylestown. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, local businesses and the wider community to engage even more people in Michener’s exciting exhibits and programs.
Molnar was selected after a national and regional search. The search committee was co-chaired by Jim McKinney, vice chairman of the board, and trustee Whitney Chandor and included fellow trustees Alice Lawler and Virginia W. Sigety, as well as Laura Turner Igoe, chief curator. Marilyn Hoffman, executive search consultant, of Museum Search & Reference, a Boston metro-area recruiting firm, helped guide the search.
As Molnar takes over as interim CEO, she will play a key role in setting the Michener on the path to a reinvigorated vision, strengthening its leadership, and continuing its commitment to true representation of regional art, recognizing both the diversity of the population over the past two centuries and engaging the next generation of art lovers and patrons. The Board would like to thank Gary Ellis, Chief Financial Officer, as well as Laura Turner Igoe, Chief Curator, and Jason Kobilnyk, Director of Real Estate Operations, for their exceptional stewardship and continued leadership at this pivotal time in the history of the Museum. The Michener continues to enjoy increased media coverage and record attendance for the ongoing Keith Haring: Radiant Legacy exhibition, and looks forward to the opening of Walk this Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes. in autumn.
Exhibitions at the Michener
Keith Haring: A Radiant Legacy, from March 12 to July 31. With over 100 unique and noteworthy works from a private collection, including two rare subway drawings, complete suites of many of the artist’s icon print series, and Medusa Head (the largest print in the work of the artist).
(re)Frame: Community Perspectives on the Michener Art Collection, June 18, 2022 through March 5, 2023. A three-stage, one-year project designed to reinterpret Michener’s permanent collection with input from the wider regional community, including activists, Native American storytellers, external historians, social workers, environmentalists, as well as general museum visitors, in preparation for a major relocation of the permanent collection galleries in 2023.
Walk This Way: Shoes from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Footwear, September 24, 2022 through January 15, 2023. With a focus on the women who designed, made, sold and collected shoes, Walk This Way features the story footwear like never before. With more than 110 pieces from a collection assembled over several decades by famed shoe designer, Stuart Weitzman, and his wife, businesswoman and philanthropist Jane Gershon Weitzman, the exhibit ranges from a pair of wedding shoes to satin worn in 1838 to a pair of glam-rock platform sandals from the 1970s in London.