NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Museum of American Art’s new deputy director will begin May 1.
Michelle Hargrave joins the NBMAA with 17 years of experience leading complex exhibition projects, international partnerships and institutional development, according to museum director and chief executive officer Min Jung Kim.
As deputy director, Hargrave will work closely with Kim and will develop and coordinate overall strategies and support Kim’s efforts to implement a prominent exhibition program at the museum.
“We are delighted to welcome Michelle to the New Britain Museum of American Art as deputy director, as her expertise will be a key asset in the continued growth and success of our museum,” said Kim.
In her most recent position as the curator and China Initiative Project director at The American Federation of Arts in New York, Hargrave worked with internationally renowned collections, institutions and curators in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia to develop and implement traveling art exhibitions at domestic and international venues. While there, she established and managed partnerships with the Brooklyn Museum and the National Gallery of Art, among others.
Prior to joining the AFA in 2011, she worked as associate curator at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City.
Hargrave holds a master’s degree from the Bard Graduate Center in the history of decorative arts, design, and culture. In addition, she is active with several professional organizations.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as deputy director at an institution with such an important history and collection as well as a strong commitment to the community,” said Hargrave. “I look forward to working with Min Jung Kim and the NBMAA team as the museum develops in exciting new directions, moving its programming and collections into a more national and international arena and expanding the discourse around American art.”