New Director Named At Mulvane Art Museum

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TOPEKA -- Connie Gibbons has been named as director of the Mulvane Art Museum. She will assume her duties June 1.

Gibbons has served since 2011 as executive director of the Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center in Casper, Wyoming. Her previous appointments include executive director posts at the BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, Indianola, Miss., and Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, Ill.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in photography from Drury College, Springfield, Mo., and a master of fine arts degree in photography and art history from Texas Tech University, Lubbock.

“We are very pleased Connie Gibbons has agreed to serve as the Director of the Mulvane Art Museum,” said Randy Pembrook, vice president of academic affairs. “She brings a wealth of assets to this position including a diversity of experiences in directing museums and arts experiences in several states.”

Pembrook also noted Gibbons has been instrumental in developing partnerships and has enthusiasm for educational outreach to the community. “Her work in curating, writing grants, and leading accreditation efforts will be invaluable to Mulvane and to Washburn University and we enthusiastically welcome her to Topeka,” he said.

The Mulvane Art Museum is dedicated to providing art education and art resources to Topeka and surrounding areas. The Mulvane Education Department provides numerous options for all ages, including in-house and outreach programming. The Mulvane Art Museum cooperates with the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the City of Topeka; ArtsConnect; local school districts; area agencies; businesses and private donors to offer citywide Art Resources for Topeka (A.R.T.) education programs.