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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Promotes Current Curator and Announces New Curator

Thu, 07/26/2012

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens promoted Holly Keris from Curator to Chief Curator and hires Preston Thayer as the new Curator.

As Chief Curator, Keris is responsible for the research and presentation of scholarly information about the Museum’s collection and Gardens and acquiring art for the collection. She is also in charge of planning, implementing, managing and organizing high quality exhibitions that advances the artistic vision of the Museum’s mission. She brings the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and Gardens to life for a diverse audience.

“Holly plays an important leadership role for The Cummer and for the community as a whole,” said Cummer Director Hope McMath.  “Her vision for the collections and gardens will continue to play out in exciting and impactful ways.  It is terrific to have such talent at the heart of the organization.”

With 13 years of experience throughout the state, Keris has previously worked for The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach; the City of Orlando’s Public Art Program; the Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando; and the Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park.  She joined The Cummer staff in 2003.

Keris received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Humanities from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and her Master of Arts in the History of Art from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

“I have so enjoyed the challenges and opportunities of my last nine years at The Cummer, and I am excited to see what the future brings,” said Keris.

Thayer joins The Cummer on August 1 and brings 14 years of curatorial experience in contemporary and historical art exhibitions.  As Curator, Thayer is responsible for providing new research into the Museum’s permanent collection, and disseminating that information to audiences in a variety of ways, including articles and Museum publications, lectures and exhibitions.

Thayer most recently served as Director-Curator for the New Mexico State University Art Gallery where he was responsible for planning, scheduling, and implementing programs including contemporary and historical art exhibitions, lectures and performances and supervised and maintained a 3,200-work permanent collection.

Previously, he worked for Radford University Art Museum, Virginia, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Virginia, and for the Society of Architectural Historians.

Thayer received his Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Delaware and his doctorate in philosophy in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.

“We are delighted to welcome Preston to The Cummer and to the Jacksonville community.  His proven background, reputation in the museum field and his commitment to scholarship and audience development made him the ideal choice. I am excited to see how he helps The Cummer fulfill our mission in the months to come,” said Keris.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 109,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Thu, 07/26/2012

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens promoted Holly Keris from Curator to Chief Curator and hires Preston Thayer as the new Curator.

As Chief Curator, Keris is responsible for the research and presentation of scholarly information about the Museum’s collection and Gardens and acquiring art for the collection. She is also in charge of planning, implementing, managing and organizing high quality exhibitions that advances the artistic vision of the Museum’s mission. She brings the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and Gardens to life for a diverse audience.

“Holly plays an important leadership role for The Cummer and for the community as a whole,” said Cummer Director Hope McMath.  “Her vision for the collections and gardens will continue to play out in exciting and impactful ways.  It is terrific to have such talent at the heart of the organization.”

With 13 years of experience throughout the state, Keris has previously worked for The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach; the City of Orlando’s Public Art Program; the Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando; and the Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park.  She joined The Cummer staff in 2003.

Keris received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Humanities from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and her Master of Arts in the History of Art from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

“I have so enjoyed the challenges and opportunities of my last nine years at The Cummer, and I am excited to see what the future brings,” said Keris.

Thayer joins The Cummer on August 1 and brings 14 years of curatorial experience in contemporary and historical art exhibitions.  As Curator, Thayer is responsible for providing new research into the Museum’s permanent collection, and disseminating that information to audiences in a variety of ways, including articles and Museum publications, lectures and exhibitions.

Thayer most recently served as Director-Curator for the New Mexico State University Art Gallery where he was responsible for planning, scheduling, and implementing programs including contemporary and historical art exhibitions, lectures and performances and supervised and maintained a 3,200-work permanent collection.

Previously, he worked for Radford University Art Museum, Virginia, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Virginia, and for the Society of Architectural Historians.

Thayer received his Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Delaware and his doctorate in philosophy in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.

“We are delighted to welcome Preston to The Cummer and to the Jacksonville community.  His proven background, reputation in the museum field and his commitment to scholarship and audience development made him the ideal choice. I am excited to see how he helps The Cummer fulfill our mission in the months to come,” said Keris.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 109,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens promoted Holly Keris from Curator to Chief Curator and hires Preston Thayer as the new Curator.

As Chief Curator, Keris is responsible for the research and presentation of scholarly information about the Museum’s collection and Gardens and acquiring art for the collection. She is also in charge of planning, implementing, managing and organizing high quality exhibitions that advances the artistic vision of the Museum’s mission. She brings the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and Gardens to life for a diverse audience.

“Holly plays an important leadership role for The Cummer and for the community as a whole,” said Cummer Director Hope McMath.  “Her vision for the collections and gardens will continue to play out in exciting and impactful ways.  It is terrific to have such talent at the heart of the organization.”

With 13 years of experience throughout the state, Keris has previously worked for The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach; the City of Orlando’s Public Art Program; the Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando; and the Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park.  She joined The Cummer staff in 2003.

Keris received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Humanities from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and her Master of Arts in the History of Art from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

“I have so enjoyed the challenges and opportunities of my last nine years at The Cummer, and I am excited to see what the future brings,” said Keris.

Thayer joins The Cummer on August 1 and brings 14 years of curatorial experience in contemporary and historical art exhibitions.  As Curator, Thayer is responsible for providing new research into the Museum’s permanent collection, and disseminating that information to audiences in a variety of ways, including articles and Museum publications, lectures and exhibitions.

Thayer most recently served as Director-Curator for the New Mexico State University Art Gallery where he was responsible for planning, scheduling, and implementing programs including contemporary and historical art exhibitions, lectures and performances and supervised and maintained a 3,200-work permanent collection.

Previously, he worked for Radford University Art Museum, Virginia, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Virginia, and for the Society of Architectural Historians.

Thayer received his Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Delaware and his doctorate in philosophy in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.

“We are delighted to welcome Preston to The Cummer and to the Jacksonville community.  His proven background, reputation in the museum field and his commitment to scholarship and audience development made him the ideal choice. I am excited to see how he helps The Cummer fulfill our mission in the months to come,” said Keris.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 109,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Thu, 07/26/2012

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens promoted Holly Keris from Curator to Chief Curator and hires Preston Thayer as the new Curator.

As Chief Curator, Keris is responsible for the research and presentation of scholarly information about the Museum’s collection and Gardens and acquiring art for the collection. She is also in charge of planning, implementing, managing and organizing high quality exhibitions that advances the artistic vision of the Museum’s mission. She brings the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and Gardens to life for a diverse audience.

“Holly plays an important leadership role for The Cummer and for the community as a whole,” said Cummer Director Hope McMath.  “Her vision for the collections and gardens will continue to play out in exciting and impactful ways.  It is terrific to have such talent at the heart of the organization.”

With 13 years of experience throughout the state, Keris has previously worked for The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach; the City of Orlando’s Public Art Program; the Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando; and the Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park.  She joined The Cummer staff in 2003.

Keris received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Humanities from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and her Master of Arts in the History of Art from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

“I have so enjoyed the challenges and opportunities of my last nine years at The Cummer, and I am excited to see what the future brings,” said Keris.

Thayer joins The Cummer on August 1 and brings 14 years of curatorial experience in contemporary and historical art exhibitions.  As Curator, Thayer is responsible for providing new research into the Museum’s permanent collection, and disseminating that information to audiences in a variety of ways, including articles and Museum publications, lectures and exhibitions.

Thayer most recently served as Director-Curator for the New Mexico State University Art Gallery where he was responsible for planning, scheduling, and implementing programs including contemporary and historical art exhibitions, lectures and performances and supervised and maintained a 3,200-work permanent collection.

Previously, he worked for Radford University Art Museum, Virginia, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Virginia, and for the Society of Architectural Historians.

Thayer received his Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Delaware and his doctorate in philosophy in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.

“We are delighted to welcome Preston to The Cummer and to the Jacksonville community.  His proven background, reputation in the museum field and his commitment to scholarship and audience development made him the ideal choice. I am excited to see how he helps The Cummer fulfill our mission in the months to come,” said Keris.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 109,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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