Toledo Museum of Art
President, Director, and CEO, Toledo, OH
PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR, AND CEO
MISSION: Through our collection and programs, we strive to integrate art into the lives of people.
Ranked among the nation's top art museums, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), founded in 1901 by glassmaker Edward Drummond Libbey and his wife Florence Scott Libbey, has earned global recognition for the quality of its collection, architecturally significant buildings, and art education programs. It was moved to its present location in 1912, and the campus has been expanded several times over the last 100 years to now be approximately 40 acres with six buildings.
The Toledo Museum of Art opens its collection to the public free of charge six days a week. Annual attendance averages more than 400,000 visits a year with about 32,000 students taking part in the organization's various education programs. The Museum currently has a $16 million annual operating budget, approximately 99 full-time staff, 250 part-time staff, and over 500 volunteers serving in various capacities throughout the year. The endowment amounts to about $240 million, roughly half of which is restricted to acquisition of new works and half to funding TMA operations, exhibitions, and programming.
One hundred and eighteen years into its existence, TMA maintains free admission, through the generous support of donors and members. It innovates with its collection one of the finest in the country by using it to educate workers in the health and safety field around the country to become more visually literate through its Center of Visual Expertise (COVE). And, it continues to grow, acquiring new works and developing programs and innovative exhibitions that reflect and represent its surrounding community.
The Museum seeks to cultivate relationships with nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions like the University of Toledo, school districts, and area businesses that share its commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community.
All this is happening in an atmosphere of anticipation as the Museum prepares for the next phase in its evolution: a campus master plan. It aims to make TMA an ever more accessible and beautiful place, uniting its unique elements (Main Museum, Welles Sculpture Garden, and Glass Pavilion) into a more cohesive campus.
We believe in the power of art to ignite the imagination, stimulate thought, and provide enjoyment. The Museum is guided by the following fundamental principles:
- Artistic Excellence: The Museum is committed to the highest standards in selecting and presenting works of art.
- Education: The Museum is committed to encouraging curiosity and increasing knowledge about art, and to excellence in art education.
- Artistic Expression: The Museum believes that art museums play a constructive role in society and that art conveys the rich complexity of human experience; the Museum champions a breadth of artistic expression and the role that art museums play in exploring diverse artistic perspectives.
- Diversity: The Museum is committed to providing the broadest possible audience with accessible and engaging artistic experiences and to being responsive to the needs of their respective communities.
As an organization, we recognize specific values as the basis for interdependence and as essential for collaboration and innovation. As individuals, we pledge that our relationships with one another and with our audiences will be governed by:
- Positive Approach
The Toledo Museum of Art is renowned for its acclaimed art collection. It is world famous for its Old Master paintings and its comprehensive representation of the art of glass. It is also home to outstanding collections of art from Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Near East, and the ancient Mediterranean; a broad collection of prints, photographs, and artists' books; decorative arts and design from the Middle Ages to the 21st century; and contemporary art from around the world, including sculpture. The collection strategy of TMA has gradually broadened to incorporate a more global focus, while also collecting for the first time works of indigenous arts of Native America, Aboriginal Australia, and Oceania.
Using its collection as a teaching tool, the Toledo Museum of Art has developed a process to help people learn to unlock the meanings of images. Called The Art of Seeing Art , this process teaches people how to read, comprehend, and write visual language using works of art from the Museum's collection, leading participants to become more visually literate.
In addition to having restricted acquisition endowments, TMA's collection has grown over the past 33 years through the dedicated support of the Georgia Welles Apollo Society. Founded in 1986 by Georgia and David Welles, the society (95 current memberships; 167 individuals) has donated nearly $8 million and, with the guidance of the Director and curators, has helped shape the development of the museum's collection through the purchase of more than 65 works of art.
The Toledo Museum of Art is located in Toledo's Old West End neighborhood, home to one of the country's largest collections of late Victorian houses.
The Museum campus has grown significantly since its founding. The main Museum building interior contains four and a half acres of floor space on two levels and features the 1,750-seat Peristyle concert hall, the 176-seat Little Theatre lecture hall, and the Family Center, a free art studio for children and their caregivers. The separate Glass Pavilion was designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, the Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architects of SANAA. Located adjacent to the Museum's East Wing is the Frank Gehry-designed Center for the Visual Arts building. Surrounding these buildings is the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden, which contains over 20 modern and contemporary sculptures and landscaped green spaces for Museum visitors to enjoy.
Recent expansions to the interior of the Museum include the renovation of over 14,000 square feet of gallery space a combination of remodeled galleries and new exhibition space in its West Wing.
The campus itself has grown with the acquisition of the Museum Place Residences, an almost three-acre parcel at the intersection of Collingwood and Monroe Streets, that is adjacent to the Museum's campus. The apartment complex consists of five buildings, three of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2018 TMA announced a comprehensive campus Master Plan for its buildings and surrounding campus, to be carried out over approximately 20 years. The Museum is currently in the first phase of this plan, which focuses on realigning and unifying many of the public interior spaces, building an art support building, and restoring the iconic 1912 columned entrance as the main entrance to the Museum. For more information please visit: www.toledomuseum.org
On the northern border of Ohio and the western end of Lake Erie sits the city of Toledo, Ohio. Long known as "The Glass Capital of the World," Toledo has a long history of innovation in many aspects of the glass industry. The city sits along the banks of the Maumee River just north of what was once the Great Black Swamp, giving way to its other nickname, "Frog Town." Founded in 1833, Toledo's 275,000 residents enjoy a wide variety of culture and entertainment. Its proximity to Detroit, Ann Arbor, Cleveland, and Columbus makes it a perfect destination for tourists
The Toledo downtown is undergoing a dramatic revitalization with increased downtown residency, significant infrastructure investments, including new parks and open spaces being created on the riverfront along with investments being made in entertainment and hospitality facilities. There are several building restoration projects underway that will bring condominiums, apartments, restaurants, and small businesses to the area near Fifth Third Field, home of the International League's Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club.
Greater Toledo is home to three Fortune 500 companies (Dana Corporation, Owens Corning, and Owens Illinois), and large manufacturing and automotive companies such as the world-famous Jeep vehicles which have been manufactured in the city since 1941. The largest employers in Toledo include The University of Toledo, ProMedica Health System, Dana, Mercy Health, Libbey Inc., The Andersons, and Chrysler. Historically, there has been a strong connection between the business community and the Toledo Museum of Art, and there continue to be substantial opportunities to enhance those relationships.
The Board's vision is to capitalize on the excellence of the TMA collection to engage, delight, and inspire every visitor, build and broaden visitor engagement in the Museum, and bring people of all ages and backgrounds into an intimate and transformative relationship with the worlds of art and culture. The Director will be a leader in the field who:
- Cares deeply and knowledgeably about art and is actively engaged in promoting TMA to diverse business, community, nonprofit, and government constituents in and beyond Greater Toledo;
- Has the imagination and ambition to innovate and take calculated risks to build funding and audience constituencies within and outside of Greater Toledo, and among museum, collecting, academic, and other art constituencies worldwide;
- Is an astute, hands-on professional excited by the challenge of managing a nonprofit institution of vital importance to this community.
Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Trustees and working in close collaboration with a deeply committed Board, the Director is the principal executive of the Museum, responsible for leading the institution and creating and implementing a compelling and sustainable vision for its future. This includes expanding the comprehensive collections and building on the Museum's resources and strengths to distinguish TMA both within the community and among its peers nationally and internationally.
The Director, with the support of, and in partnership with, the Board of Directors, is responsible for the financial health of the museum through civic engagement, fundraising and appropriate earned revenue pursuits.
THE INSTITUTION: RESPONSIBILITIES AND PRIORITIES
The Director will embody TMA's mission, purpose, guiding principles, and values and will have the following institutional responsibilities and priorities:
- Develop a vision and strategy to further position TMA as a regional and international resource for excellence, education, scholarship, civic engagement and enlightenment;
- Develop intermediate and long-range plans for exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational programs to diversify and expand TMA's audiences in the region, as well as distinguish the Museum nationally and internationally;
- Forge a strong and collaborative relationship with trustees, understanding their capabilities, and bringing forth their best ideas, efforts, resources, and contacts;
- Take ownership of the master plan; oversee the implementation of Phase One (including the Art Support Building and new Central Utility Plant) and work with Board and staff to further define and shape the overall campus development plan; develop and lead the efforts to secure funding for the plan going forward;
- Enthusiastically lead a multifaceted fundraising operation that builds civic support and trust along with financial security; nurture a culture of philanthropy across TMA; embrace the Director's role as lead or partner in making the ask;
- Support and enhance earned income endeavors, including COVE, Peristyle initiatives, and Museum Place; seek and encourage the development of new earned income opportunities;
- Embrace and continue to build upon TMA's excellent legacy as an innovator in museum education, including its extensive visual literacy programs;
- Ensure curatorial excellence and programmatic vision for the museum's artistic direction and development; plan, streamline, and execute a balanced and forward-thinking exhibition program consistent with TMA's collections and stature;
- Supervise, support, retain and recruit a highly qualified professional staff; delegate responsibilities and authority appropriately; hold all individuals accountable for personal and collective performance, providing direction and sustaining morale;
- Champion and nurture the contributions of docents, Ambassadors, and other volunteers;
- Foster a transparent, collaborative culture that models equity, inclusion, and diversity, including open communication along with professional excellence and best practices;
- Strengthen key partnerships with the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet), Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, and the University of Toledo. Continue to develop and expand programs that strengthen and deepen the relationships between TMA and those institutions to serve and engage greater numbers of community members, including local artists and students;
- Develop collaborative relationships with established and emerging members of the greater Toledo region's cultural, educational, political and business communities, as well as institutional peers and leaders in the museum field worldwide;
- As the leader of one of the city's anchor institutions, recognize and strengthen the role of the Museum in support of the further development of downtown Toledo and the renaissance of the city as a whole;
- Strengthen the museum's institutional identity, including clear and proactive messaging and branding; increase the overall visibility of the Museum regionally, nationally, and internationally;
- Responsibly steward the Museum assets (artworks, annual revenue, endowment, facilities, staff, and relationships withvolunteers, donors, Trustees, and the City of Toledo), assuring that theinstitution thrives.
THE PERSON: CHARACTERISTICS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The Director will be an inspirational leader with a record of successful management and an ambassador with an informed eye and compelling vision to represent TMA in local, national, and international arenas. The Director must be or have:
- A deep and passionate love of art and of people; a commitment to the highest levels of scholarship and education; experience with acquisitions and deaccessioning;
- An innovator, with a vision of the future of museums;
- An enthusiastic and effective fundraiser; practiced in working effectively with trustees;
- A cultural fit for the region exhibited in a sincere desire to connect with and be a part of the community; an abiding commitment to audience outreach and diversity;
- A respected professional with national and international reach who aligns personal ambition with institutional achievement;
- A skilled communicator with a reputation for integrity; able to model, motivate, and support staff and partners to do work of the highest quality; tireless, dynamic, and genuine in connecting with people and inspiring their interest and support; comfortable in their own skin;
- Proven managerial skills with experience in hiring, retaining,and empowering a team to take an organization to the next level; an effective delegator and leader known for fairness, decisiveness, and good and tempered judgement;
- Financially astute and committed to institutional sustainability, with a track record of developing and maintaining balanced budgets; experienced in the development and expansion of earned revenue streams;
- An effective advocate for innovative ideas, encouraging experimentation, the entrepreneurial impulse and assessing risk;
- Committed to using technology to advance the mission of the Museum and the field, including expanding access and points of entry to TMA's collection and programs;
- Accessible and collaborative, generous of spirit, outgoing, and one who enjoys the social demands of the Director's role;
- Adept at calmly prioritizing competing demands that serve the Museum's best interests.
- A self-starter able to bring an entrepreneurial spirit to an established institution; a track record of coalescing others around objectives and their successful implementation.
Please send applications and nominations to Becky Klein and Mark Tarnacki at TMA@PhillipsOppenheim.com.