Evansville, IN – The Board of Directors of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, & Science announced today the hiring of Bryan W. Knicely as the new Executive Director. He was hired after a nationwide executive search guided by Arts Consulting Group. Knicely will begin his new role in mid-October.
“This is an exciting time for the Museum. After the successful completion of the capital campaign and building expansion, we are in a period of rapid growth and look to become the number one cultural destination in the region. The Board’s appointment of Mr. Knicely to lead us at this time is based upon his prior successes and enthusiastic commitment to the arts,” says Board President Sharon Walker. “We are happy to have Bryan join the staff, as he has extensive experience leading arts and cultural centers across the country.”
Knicely was most recently the Executive Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art where he received a Congressional Nomination for the 2015 National Medal for Museum Service by Congressman Ted Deutch. Knicely is the former President of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, and, prior to Stonewall, he developed strategic grants and proposals for major exhibitions at Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale.
Before relocating to Florida, Knicely led the Greater Columbus Arts Council as President, where he provided vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration to support art and advance the culture of the region. While there, he served on cultural delegations to Germany, Denmark, Chile and China. Knicely served as the Assistant Director and Accessibility Coordinator of the Maine Arts Commission and received two awards from Maine Governor John Baldacci for outstanding leadership and service to the State of Maine and two awards for his marketing and branding campaigns. He directed the agency’s international programs and worked with trade missions to France and a partnership exchange with Aomori, Japan. Further, he served as a cultural ambassador to Cuba.
Knicely has worked with the National Endowment for the Arts and served as a panelist on the NEA’s 2006 State Arts Agencies Partnership Agreement peer-review process, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. He has presented at two National Assembly of State Arts Agencies conferences as well as being a member of Americans for the Arts and American Alliance of Museums. Knicely is certified by the Harvard Business School in Performance Measurements for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations. He has a Master of Arts degree in Arts Policy & Administration from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Management & Marketing from Otterbein University. He is an avid art collector and amateur photographer and enjoys traveling to visit museums and culturally historic sites around the world.
Bryan W. Knicely fills the vacancy left when Mr. John Streetman III retired at the end of 2012 after over 37 years of dedicated service. During the transition, the Museum was led by Interim Director and Curator of Collections Mary Bower. “Mary guided the Museum through the construction and opening of the new wing and Koch Immersive Theater,” says Walker. “The Board of Trustees is grateful for her dedicated service and commitment to the Evansville Museum.”
When asked about his appointment Knicely stated, “I am honored to join the talented team of board, staff, and volunteers at the Evansville Museum. I look forward to working with everyone to increase community engagement and collaboration across all sectors. I believe every person has tremendous potential for creativity when encouraged, and I am thrilled to get started!”