Berkshire Museum

Pittsfield, MA



The Berkshire Museum Announces Appointment of Ann Mintz as Director


Trustees of The Berkshire Museum announced in late December the appointment of Ann Mintz to the post of Director effective February 2001. Mintz replaces Sharon Blume who resigned in June to become Director of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center in Stamford, CT. (left: Ann Mintz, Director of The Berkshire Museum, photo courtesy of The Berkshire Museum)

Founding Executive Director of the Science Center at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, PA, Mintz is a highly esteemed museum professional with a broad range of successful projects to her credit. She master-planned the entire exhibition program at the Whitaker Center and oversaw the development of all educational programs, including a theater-based interpretive program. She also master-planned the exhibition program at the Orlando Science Center where, as Vice President for Special Projects, Research and Development, she was instrumental in the Center's expansion from a 33,000 square foot facility to 193,000 square feet. As Director of Special Projects at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute Science Museum, she developed pioneering information technology initiatives and helped plan a major expansion to one of the nation's first science museums.

Equally impressive are Mintz's fundraising successes. She was a member of the leadership team for three capital campaigns raising $158.8 million and wrote $21 million in grants from major foundations as well as state and local governments.

No less intriguing are Mintz's earlier career experiences as an archivist and researcher for Buckminster Fuller, where she worked on exhibit development for the Smithsonian Institution and provided support for exhibitions at such institutions as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She was also a contract producer for "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio and produced and hosted a short weekly feature for "Fresh Air" on WHYY-FM in Philadelphia.

A respected museum professional, Mintz is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Museums, the Editorial Board for the Association of Science-Technology Centers and has served as a panel reviewer for the Museum Grant Program of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Ed Able, President and C.E,O, of the American Association of Museums states that Ann Mintz is one of the most creative and leading-edge professionals in this country's museum community. "She is truly a renaissance person whose intellectual and practical gifts make working with her an always enjoyable and mind-expanding experience. The Berkshire Museum has succeeded in attracting one of the top museum professionals available. It is an outstanding museum and I know that, with Ann's leadership, it will expand its reach and impact."

Mintz holds a B.A. in History and an ABD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. As an archaeologist, she has participated in excavations in Italy and Egypt, both areas represented in the Berkshire Museum's collection.

Elizabeth T. Selkowitz, President of the Board of Trustees of The Berkshire Museum expressed her enthusiasm over Mintz's appointment. "We are indeed fortunate and honored to have a person with Ann's acumen, vision and record of accomplishment serving this important institution. Under her leadership, we are all confident that the Museum will continue to be a vital cultural resource in our community and further expand its strong educational programs and exhibitions. We look forward to working with Ann to make significant projects a reality for our nearly 100 year-old facility."

Continues Selkowitz, "The Trustees, Corporators and I are grateful to the staff, particularly Interim Directors Susan Bronson and Michael Willson for their enthusiasm and dedication to carrying on the mission of the Museum over the past six months. Under their leadership, the Robert A. Wells Gardens and Universal Access was completed and the Museum enjoyed the huge success of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys: The Mechanical Sculptures of Steve Gerberich."

Comments Mintz, "The Berkshire Museum has a rich history of serving people of all ages and backgrounds and I am eager to work with its visitors, staff and board to further its mission. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to synthesize all of one's experiences and put them to use in a meaningful way."

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