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New Developments at Laguna Art Museum

by Laguna Beach Patch

August 6, 2011

According to Laguna Art Museum Board of Trustees President Robert Hayden III, things are coming along very well for the institution.During a time of transition, the Laguna Art Museum has exceeded a financial goal, added three new members to the LAM Board of Trustees, and is making headway towards the selection of a new executive director.

“During a tough economic period,” said LAM Board of Trustees President Robert Hayden III, “Laguna Art Museum surpassed its $110,000 Annual Fund goal by about $15,000 for the fiscal year ended June 2011—an unmatched achievement in recent history.”

Hayden cited that support from donors and the community has helped LAM succeed in achieving its objectives.

Laguna Art Museum has also added Michael Brickman, Liz Kramer and Janice Johnson to the Board of Trustees.

“Michael Brickman,” said Hayden, “brings to the board an entrepreneurial spirit and significant experience as a collector of important historical California art.”

Hayden said, “Liz Kramer is a long-term Laguna Beach resident and supporter of the museum. As a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and a holder of a Master’s degree in exhibition design from Cal State Fullerton, Liz brings a strong arts background to the board.”

“Janice Johnson has served as board chair of Pacific Symphony,” said Hayden, “chairman of the Guilds of the Segerstom Center for the Arts, member of the executive committee of the National Symphony Orchestra, board member of the White House Endowment Fund, and as a National Endowment for the Arts panelist. Her vast nonprofit experience enhances the professionalism and leadership of an already amazingly dedicated and hard-working Board of Trustees.”

Hayden stated that Rick Balzer, Marshall Eichenauer, Jr., Elyse Caraco Miller, Dennis Boyer, Emil Monda, Carol Rhoads, Craig Sannum and Igal Silber are working together to find a new executive director.

Hayden said, “Mr. Boyer, a retired executive with the major international retained executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, is leading the team and graciously providing his services pro-bono, saving the museum search firm fees in excess of $50,000.”

More than 70 qualified candidates expressed their interest in the position at LAM. The list will be narrowed to the six best candidates. These candidates will go through a personal interviewing process. After these interviews, three candidates will be interviewed by the Board of Trustees. They will select the next Laguna Art Museum executive director. An announcement is expected to be made in late September.

“I owe a debt of gratitude,” said Hayden, “to the staff, volunteers, and interns of Laguna Art Museum who are working tirelessly during this transition and are maintaining the high level of quality for which our museum is known. Thank you for your ongoing support, and I look forward to the continued success and growth of Laguna Art Museum.”

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