EU alum named new interim director at Erie Art Museum

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 5:55 PM

According to a press release, the Erie Art Museum has named Edinboro University alumna Donna Douglass as interim director. Her predecessor, Susan Black Keim, was interim director for six months and departed on Dec. 22, 2017.

After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in art education from Edinboro, Douglass pursued her Master of Education from Penn State in corporate development and training.

Douglass has experience with nonprofit organizations and has served as director of arts in education at the Arts Council of Erie (now known as Erie Arts and Culture), as executive director of the YWCA of Erie (now Early Connections), and as both program officer and director of donor services at the Erie Community Foundation. She has also served as a former museum board member and participated in the museum’s fundraising activities. 

Although the interim director transition has been completed, the museum is still searching for a full-time executive director. Jim Parlin, chair of Edinboro University’s art department and board member at the museum, is helping lead the transition team with search consultant Tom Moore. 

“Having the strong interim team of Susan and now Donna puts us in the fortunate position to take our time identifying the right candidate to lead the museum into its next stage of success,” stated board president Stephen Porter in the release.

 “In the meantime, the quality of programing at the museum has continued without missing a beat, thanks to the EAM staff and curator Susan Barnett.” 

The museum’s operational budget remains steady, even amidst the transitions, and the press release thanked the multi-year gifts and pledges totaling more than $1 million from the last six months of 2017. 

“Our expanded museum facility helped pave the way for the Erie Downtown Development Corporation’s vision for a thriving, livable and vibrant downtown neighborhood,” said Porter in the release. “The museum provides a cultural anchor for that effort and we look forward to helping this vision unfold.” 

The Erie Art Museum’s hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Additional visitor information can be found online at erieartmuseum.org, or by calling (814) 459- 5477. 

Livia Homerski can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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