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AVAM Taps Jenenne Whitfield to Success Rebecca Hoffberger as Museum Director – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Board of Directors of the American Museum of Visual Arts has appointed Jenenne Whitfield as the museum’s next director.

Whitfield, president and chief executive officer of the Heidelberg Project, becomes the museum’s second director in its more than 30-year history. She succeeds Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, the museum’s founder, chief curator and longtime director.

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Christopher Goelet, Chairman of the AVAM Board of Directors, said the board is proud to have brought such a “reputable and dedicated artistic leader” to build on Hoffberger’s legacy.

“Jennene’s long tenure with Project Heidelbergone of our nation’s most respected mission-driven artistic endeavors, is testament to her commitment to enlivening local communities and giving voice to concerns. in our day through a unique and inspiring artistic expression that is also core to AVAM’s mission,” said Goelet.

In a prepared statement, Whitfield said she was “extremely excited” to join AVAM, an organization whose “visual philosophy and aesthetic align beautifully with what it means to be human and what we are.” should strive as a human being.”

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“Rebecca has done an extraordinary job in capturing, developing, and providing a place for the creative spirit of visualization to flourish and flourish,” says Whitfield. “I look forward to building on her strong foundation by increasing AVAM’s visibility, building greater alliances, and taking AVAM to the next level.”

Whitfield has worked with The Heidelberg Project, an outdoor arts organization based in Detroit, for nearly three decades. In 2017, Whitfield became president of the organization, which has received international recognition under her leadership.

Additionally, Whitfield has taught classes in art as a social act at both the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. She also co-founded United Artists of Detroit (UAD), a new arts collective based in Detroit.

Hoffberger, who has spent more than half her life working for AVAM, said she has “extreme peace and joy in making our right choice” of Whitfield as her successor.

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“She cherishes and ‘gets’ all the key elements that have made AVAM such a beloved and healing destination,” says Hoffberger in part.”…Her personal passion for the visionary art, metaphysics, justice and science, reflecting myself.From the moment we met, I felt a load lifted and a great relief down. She is ‘our person.’

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/23/baltimore-american-visionary-art-museum-jenenne-whitfield/ AVAM Taps Jenenne Whitfield to Success Rebecca Hoffberger as Museum Director – CBS Baltimore

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