DOYLESTOWN – The James A. Michener Art Museum has appointed Lynne A. Molnar as Interim Executive Director, effective May 16.
“The Board unanimously selected Lynne Molnar, an experienced interim director with an established track record of successful interim assignments at a variety of nonprofits,” says Michener Board Chair, Virginia W. Sigety. “Lynne is familiar with the area 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 that she is available to provide us with her leadership expertise as we continue to build upon the Michener’s strong artistic legacy and financial foundation to create an exciting vision for the future which 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 has held twelve interim executive positions and overseen the placements of eighty interim and transition consultants in the greater New York City and Boston areas. For over 15 years she has played an active role in the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s Executive Leadership Affinity Group, twice serving as co-chair. She has provided training and coaching for interim executive directors, as well as conducting workshops on succession planning and executive transitions. Molnar holds graduate degrees in business from Boston University and in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Molnar says, “I am honored to lead the Michener Art Museum as Interim Executive Director and excited to move to Doylestown. I look forward to working with the Board, staff, volunteers, local businesses, and the entire community to engage even more people in the Michener’s exciting exhibitions and programs.”
Molnar was selected after a national and regional search. The search committee was co-chaired by Jim McKinney, Vice Chair of the Board, and trustee Whitney Chandor and included additional trustees Alice Lawler and Virginia W. Sigety, as well as Laura Turner Igoe, Chief Curator. Retained Executive-Search Consultant Marilyn Hoffman of Museum Search & Reference, a recruiting firm in metro-Boston, helped guide the search.
As Molnar takes over as Interim Executive Director, she will play a key role in setting the Michener on a course of re-invigorated vision, strengthening its leadership and continuing its commitment to a true representation of regional art, acknowledging both the diversity of the population over the last two centuries and engaging the next generation of lifelong art lovers and patrons. The Board of Trustees would like to thank Gary Ellis, CFO, along with Laura Turner Igoe, Chief Curator, and Jason Kobilnyk, Director of Building Operations, for their outstanding stewardship and continued leadership at this pivotal moment in the Museum’s history. The Michener continues to experience increased press coverage and record attendance for the current Keith Haring: Radiant Legacy exhibition, and eagerly anticipates the opening of Walk this Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes in the fall.
Exhibitions at the Michener
Keith Haring: A Radiant Legacy, March 12 to July 31. Featuring more than 100 unique and notable 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 artist’s work).
(re)Frame: Community Perspectives on the Michener Art Collection, June 18, 2022 to March 5, 2023. A three-step, year-long project designed to re-interpret the 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 visitors to museum, with a view to a major re-installation of the permanent collection galleries in 2023.
Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes, September 24, 2022 to January 15, 2023. With a focus on the women who designed, manufactured, sold, and collected footwear, Walk This Way presents the story of the shoe as it has never been told before. Featuring over 110 pieces from a collection assembled over several decades by the famous shoe designer, Stuart Weitzman, and his wife, businesswoman, and philanthropist Jane Gershon Weitzman, the exhibition ranges from a pair of satin wedding shoes worn in 1838 to a pair of glam -rock platform sandals from 1970s London.