After an extensive national search, Franklin & Marshall College has named Amy G. Moorefield the new director of The Phillips Museum of Art.
Moorefield, who starts Nov. 12, has nearly two decades of experience in not-for-profit and academic museums. Her scope of work ranges from curatorial, collections management and exhibitions to fundraising, educational programming, marketing, publications and professional staff oversight. She has a bachelor’s degree in art history and museum studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University.
"Ms. Moorefield impressed the search committee, museum staff, faculty, advancement professionals and me with her entrepreneurial spirit and devotion to building relationships,” F&M Provost Joel Martin said. “She has appealing ideas about engaging audiences, particularly our increasingly diverse student body. She is eminently qualified to direct the Phillips Museum.”
Between 2008 and 2013, Moorefield was director and chief curator of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University and, most recently, served as deputy director of exhibitions at the Taubman Museum of Art. The Taubman has a permanent collection of more than 2,000 pieces and features prominent 19th- and 20th-century American art. It houses 11 galleries and mounts 15 to 20 shows each year. Both institutions are located in Roanoke, Va.
“I’m honored to accept this new leadership position, which will connect me once again with higher education, something I’ve always held dear,” Moorefield said. “I look forward to working with a talented staff and a large and dynamic collection.”
Moorefield will take the reins from interim director and Professor of English Tamara Goeglein. During her nearly four years of leadership at The Phillips Museum, Goeglein hired high-caliber staff, raised internal practices and policies to the highest standards, and established effective partnerships on and off the F&M campus.
"Professor Goeglein has done an outstanding job these last few years as Interim director of the Phillips, far beyond what anyone could have expected or dreamed for a person occupying an 'interim' role,” Martin said. “Most of all, she helped us realize how the museum, in close collaboration with creative faculty from all disciplines, can significantly enrich the curriculum and cultural life of the campus. We are very much in her debt for her exceptional leadership as Interim director."