Telfair Museums’ Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Lisa Grove as the Museums’ new Director/CEO. Grove is currently Deputy Director at Contemporary Art Museum St Louis (CAM) and will assume her new responsibilities at the Telfair beginning January 2, 2012.
Grove, 41, is a Kansas City native and has served as Deputy Director of CAM since 2004. During her tenure, CAM produced over 85 exhibitions featuring nearly 250 artists. A number of artists received the first major museum exhibition of their careers at CAM, including Laylah Ali, Lutz Bacher, David Noonan, Alexander Ross, Aida Ruilova, Gedi Sibony and Carey Young.
“We could not be more pleased and excited with having Lisa as the Telfair’s new Director/CEO” commented Mills Fleming, Telfair Museums’ Board Chairman. “Lisa is a high energy person who is also a proven leader. Lisa’s credentials as an art museum executive along with her academic achievements and her solid financial management skills are a powerful combination and are a perfect match for the Telfair.”
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to lead Telfair Museums, and to build upon the many successful programs that have established its prominence as a world-class museum and a keystone of Savannah’s cultural, historical and economic success,” stated Grove. “I was instantly impressed by the commitment of the Telfair’s board of directors, staff members and the Savannah community and am eager to begin working with the museum’s talented staff, volunteers, and board members.”
The Telfair has been without a director since May 2011, when Steven High became the Director of the John and Mable Ringling Museum in Sarasota Florida. At that time the search committee hired Marilyn Hoffman of Search & Reference, a museum executive-recruiting firm to conduct the national search.
Since then, Cathy Solomons has served as interim director of Telfair Museums..
“I would like to take this time to thank publicly Cathy Solomons for her assuming the role of interim director during this transition,” stated Fleming. Her dedication and service are nothing short of extraordinary.”
Grove is married and has three children.