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Margaret Ann Skove Named Director of Columbia Museum of Art


The Columbia Museum of Art's board of trustees has announced that Margaret Ann Skove would become the museum's next executive director. On Thursday, December 20, 2001 board president Stephen G. Morrison announced that Skove was offered and has accepted the position as the fourth executive director in the museum's 51-year history. She will begin her tenure on February 1, 2002.

"Margaret Skove has a passion for art, a wealth of museum leadership experience and a proven track record of building highly effective teams that produce great results," Morrison said. "She is charming and very excited about coming to our fine museum. I know she will be an asset to our community."

Skove comes from the Huntington Museum of Art in West Virginia where she served as executive director. She holds a master's degree in art history from Kent State University and a master of business administration in marketing from Cleveland State University. Prior to her position at the Huntington Museum of Art, she was director of the Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge, lowa. Skove succeeds Salvatore Cilella, Jr. who served as executive director of the Columbia Museum of Art for 13 years, leaving in June 2001 to lead the Indiana Historical Society. (left: Margaret Ann Skove, photo courtesy of Columbia Museum of Art)

"I am absolutely thrilled to be offered the position at the Columbia Museum of Art," says Skove.

"I think the facilities are superb. I enjoyed meeting the staff and will be very interested in getting to know everyone more. I think the board of trustees is an excellent professional board. The community of Columbia has always had great appeal to me. I have a lot of childhood associations and really it is a part of the country I have always wanted to live in. I am very excited about the potential of the arts with a 's', led by visual art -- combining all the senses that the arts take in and having the Columbia Museum of Art become alive. That's a word I will use a lot -- alive -- voices to be heard, discussions and dialog. The arts are not silent. The arts are very interactive."

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