American Visionary Art Museum Gets A New Director

What’s happening?

Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum has tapped Jenenne Whitfield, who’s currently the president and CEO of the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, to become its new director, reports Ed Gunts for Baltimore Fishbowl. Succeeding Rebecca Alban Hoffberge, she will be only the second person to lead the museum since it opened in 1995. 

Tell me more about Jenenne Whitfield. 

In addition to overseeing the Heidelberg Project—a community-oriented outdoor arts space—Whitfield has taught arts courses at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan and is the co-founder of United Artists of Detroit, a virtual resource for artists and creatives. 

“Her personal passion for visionary art, metaphysics, justice and science, mirrors my own. From the moment we met, I felt a load lifted and a great relief descend. She’s our ‘one,’” said Hoffberge, in a statement.

Anything else I should know? 

Whitfield adds to a growing number of African Americans who’ve recently been appointed leadership roles at Baltimore arts institutions such as Creative Alliance, the Walters Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She’ll begin her new role in September. 

You can read more here. 


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