National Gallery of Art

13/01/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 13/01/2021 20:19

National Gallery of Art Announces New Staff Appointed to Key Positions Across the Museum

Release Date: January 13, 2021

National Gallery of Art Announces New Staff Appointed to Key Positions Across the MuseumPositions to support new strategic priorities at the nation's art museum

Washington, D.C.-The National Gallery of Art announced today the appointment of four new staff to positions that will support the National Gallery's mission to serve the nation. These positions advance the National Gallery's strategic priorities to make the museum more visitor-focused, inclusive, and equitable, as well as to provide deeper connections to the museum's content through digital access to its collections, exhibitions, programs, and research.

Mikka Gee Conway is the first Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Director; Kanitra Fletcher is the first Associate Curator of African American and Afro-Diasporic Art; Nick Sharp is the new Chief Digital Officer; and Eric Bruce is the first Head of Visitor Experience and Evaluation.

'I am thrilled to announce the appointment of these dynamic new leaders, who will help us to advance our goals to serve the nation by welcoming all people to explore and experience art, creativity, and our shared humanity,' said Kaywin Feldman, director of the National Gallery. 'Each of our new colleagues comes to us with deep expertise in engaging audiences and inspiring curiosity about art, history, and culture. Now more than ever, we must model the America that we expect and hope for. As the nation's art museum, we must articulate and live up to our values, including excellence, empathy, diversity, inclusion, and deepening the public's understanding of art.'

Mikka Gee Conway began her tenure as Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer and EEO Director in September 2020. As part of the museum leadership team, Conway reports to Feldman and leads diversity, equity, and inclusion work across the National Gallery, as well as oversees the institution's EEO office. Conway comes to the National Gallery from the J. Paul Getty Trust, where she served as associate general counsel since 2014 and was a founding member of the Getty's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. She previously held curatorial, project management, and leadership positions at a variety of arts organizations, and she practiced federal tax law at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan (now Eversheds Sutherland). Conway holds an AB in art history from Stanford University in California, an MA in art history from Williams College in Massachusetts, and a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Kanitra Fletcher joins the National Gallery as Associate Curator of African American and Afro-Diasporic Art on February 1. As part of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Fletcher is responsible for guiding the museum's collection of modern and contemporary painting and sculpture by African American artists, and she will collaborate closely with colleagues in other curatorial departments. Fletcher comes to Washington from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she rose from the rank of curatorial assistant to associate curator. While in Houston, she oversaw the presentation of such major traveling exhibitions as Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power and Jack Whitten: Odyssey, and she has recently worked on Afro-Atlantic Histories, an exhibition organized by the Museu de Arte São Paulo that will be seen at the MFA, Houston, and the National Gallery in 2021 and 2022. Fletcher's previous museum experience includes working at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. She received a BA in English literature from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, an MA in Latin American studies, art history, and Brazilian studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in the history of art from Cornell University.

Nick Sharp, the National Gallery's new Chief Digital Officer, assumed his position leading digital experience in September 2020. As Chief Digital Officer, Sharp is the senior strategy leader for public-facing digital products and experiences, and he is responsible for the museum's website, mobile apps, in-gallery interactives, and imaging, video, and audio production. Prior to arriving in Washington, Sharp served as the Director of Digital, Data, and Insight at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, where he built the Academy's digital offerings from the ground up, delivering exponential growth in users, engagement, and income. Prior to the Royal Academy, Sharp helped launch the UK government's single platform, gov.uk, and delivered the UK's digital platforms for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. Sharp received a BA in English from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Eric Bruce began as Head of Visitor Experience and Evaluation in August 2020. In this new role for the museum, Bruce is responsible for the integration of visitor-centered thinking into every aspect of the National Gallery and works as a strategic partner with multiple departments to evaluate and advocate for audience engagement, both onsite and online. Bruce leads efforts to deepen and enhance the visitor experience before, during, and after visits, and he also helps to develop long-term relationships with visitors. He joined the National Gallery from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where he oversaw visitor experience operations, research, and audience-facing initiatives, with a focus on visitor and staff support systems, building brand loyalty, customer experience (CX) design thinking, customer relationship management (CRM) system development, communications strategy, public amenities, and audience-centered work culture. He is a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP) and holds a BA in music from Simpson College in Iowa and an MA in arts and cultural management from Saint Mary's University in Minnesota.

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