SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The City of
Nelson has served as the executive
director of the Albany Museum of Art in
"You know, it just was the right fit for me as someone who really has been involved in community programming, outreach, and collaboration," said Nelson Friday. "It seemed like the perfect fit."
"We are extremely please to
have Nick as our next director," said Ron Hawley, Art Museum Board
Chairman. "He will bring to the museum an energy, enthusiasm and expertise
that will serve to propel the museum to the forefront of
Nelson oversaw major facility upgrades and the reinstallation of the Albany Museum of Art's permanent collection galleries and the launch of a new website featuring downloadable audio tours, gallery guides, and other web-based educational provisions.
He also led the museum through a successful re-accreditation bid with the American Association of Museums. Nelson serves as a peer reviewer for the AAM's accreditation program and has served as a grant reviewer for the Georgia Council for the Arts.
Prior to becoming director, he served as the museum's curator of education, where he established programs for a variety of audiences including adults, school children, families, and college and university students. These programs included: internships, curriculum-based school tours and outreach programs, lectures, summer art camps, after school art classes, and a variety of family events.
Nelson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts
He taught drawing and design at
anticipated start date is
The City began a nationwide search
The Art Museum appointed a search committee comprised of four art museum board members: Kirk Elmquist, Paula Ingram, Sally Scheid and Judith Fowler; the assistant city manager, Collin Quigley; and the director of human resources, Sheila Maerz.
The search committee initially screened the applications to the top 12 candidates who met all the qualifications of the position which included, but was not limited to: a bachelor's and master's degree in the fine arts, art history, or museum studies and a minimum of four years of professional work experience in an art museum.
The search committee narrowed the field from twelve to seven candidates, upon further review of each candidate's overall scope of experience, including significant managerial experience as well as a proven track record in community collaboration and implementing fresh ideas and program in an art museum environment. Web-based interviews were offered to those top seven candidates.
Two finalists were then invited to