Arts Consulting Group helps Bennington Museum find a new leader

September 24, 2021 – Following an international search, Boston-based research firm Arts Consulting Group helped recruit Martin Mahoney as CEO of the Bennington Museum in Vermont. Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Senior Vice President, led the mission. “Congratulations to the Bennington Museum, as well as its Board of Trustees and staff, on the appointment of Martin Mahoney as the new Executive Director,” said Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite. “Mr. Mahoney brings a balance of professional expertise, credibility, interpersonal skills, and commitment to internal and external stakeholder satisfaction, which will serve the Bennington Museum well as it continues on its path to success. institutional excellence.

“I am delighted to welcome Martin Mahoney as the next CEO and look forward to working with him and introducing him to our community,” said Consie West, Chairman of the Board.

“He has a broad and in-depth successful experience in the museum world, is committed to making the museum a meaningful presence in the regional community and has been creative in addressing new challenges,” said David Pilachowski, Director of interim. “The museum made an excellent decision in selecting Martin to lead it into the future.”

With over 20 years of museum management experience, Mr. Mahoney has held a number of leadership positions at the Norman Rockwell Museum, including Director of Curatorial Operations, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, and Director of Collections and Inscriptions. As a member of the museum’s management team, he was responsible for managing the museum’s national and international traveling and on-site exhibitions, institutional fundraising and budgeting, managing several departments , overseeing the preservation and operational management of the museum’s historic buildings, and participating as a key player in institutional strategic planning for the museum’s expansion. Mr. Mahoney has also held positions of Collections Manager in the Asian Export Arts Department at the Peabody Essex Museum.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work at such a fantastic institution with an exceptional staff and a very committed Board of Directors,” said Mr. Mahoney. “I look forward to becoming a participant in the local community and contributing to the continued growth of the museum, the vibrant town of Bennington, and striving to make the museum a warm and welcoming place for all.”

The Bennington Museum offers what many consider to be the finest collection of art and historical artifacts in Vermont, northeastern New York, and northwestern Massachusetts. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1983, the Bennington Museum offers nationally recognized and critically acclaimed exhibitions, galleries and events. The permanent collection, with more than 45,000 objects, is crowned by the largest public collection of paintings by American folk artist Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, as well as by the definitive study of 19th century Bennington sandstone.

Arts and Culture Recruiters

Arts Consulting Group provides interim management, executive search, revenue improvement consulting, facility and program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry. The firm has identified senior executives for the Long Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Chicago Opera, Stockton Symphony Association, and Portland Baroque Orchestra, among others. The company has offices in Boston; Calgary; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Halifax; Los Angeles; Nashville, Tennessee; New York; Portland, OR; San-Francisco; Tampa, Florida; Toronto; and Washington, DC

Bruce D. Thibodeau founded ACG in 1997 and has been involved in numerous projects in all areas of practice to increase institutional sustainability, advance the arts and culture sector, and improve communities served by industry. Dr. Thibodeau has guided hundreds of nonprofit, academic and government clients in achieving effective leadership transitions, planning cultural facilities, increasing revenue, developing brands and dynamic institutional messages, l ” development of strategic plans and business models and the revitalization of governance practices of the board of directors.

Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite joined ACG as Vice President in 2016, bringing over 21 years of experience leading art, academic and multidisciplinary museums. His areas of expertise include executive search, museum planning, organizational assessments, strategic vision, fundraising and diversity training. As an executive search practice leader, she has led numerous research processes in the United States and Canada, placing senior executives for a wide range of nonprofits, universities and d Government agencies including the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Czech and Slovak National Museum and Library, and Indianapolis Arts Council. Ms. Lynch-McWhite has also provided effective solutions in the areas of earned revenue enhancement, strategic planning and museum planning for clients such as Collier County Museum Division, High Desert Museum and Civil Rights Institute of Inland. Southern California.

Related: Arts Consulting Recruits New Leader For Martha’s Vineyard Museum

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor-in-chief; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief – Hunt Scanlon Media

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