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Since 1983, MCA has had a rich involvement with arts and cultural organizations of all types and sizes throughout the country including theatres, museums, music and dance companies, performing arts centers, science centers, historical societies, colleges and universities, service organizations, public agencies, arts councils, and foundations.

Our services include consultations in executive search for senior level leadership, planning, organizational analysis, board and staff retreats, seminar/workshop development and facilitation.

We work with organizations in all stages of development - from new start-ups to established institutions - including those grappling with complex issues of founder succession and transition.

Current Executive Searches

  • Executive Director - Pewabic, Detroit MI

    More than a century ago Mary Chase Perry Stratton founded Detroit's Pewabic, actively pushing the boundaries of ceramic practice through exploration, experimentation and the development of ground-breaking techniques.  Today, Pewabic is a center for the promotion and development of contemporary ceramics and the living repository of a rich tradition that continues to influence artists and collectors. Like the city of Detroit, Pewabic is writing a new chapter in its history, firmly establishing itself as a leader among Detroit's arts institutions.

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  • Director of Development - Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich, CT

    Founded over 80 years ago as an organization devoted to collecting Greenwich historical materials, the Greenwich Historical Society has evolved into a vital and growing center with a multi-faceted range of programs and activities.  Located on the historic Cos Cob Harbor, home of Connecticut's first art colony, the Historical Society has two main areas of focus: as a museum (Bush-Holley Historic Site) with related exhibitions and education programs for children and adults, and as a center for Greenwich history (library/archives, preservation and publication programs). Its stated mission is to inspire people of all ages to make personal connections with the past using stories and objects from Greenwich to illuminate the American experience.

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  • Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs - San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
    Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs - San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

    The San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) is the primary art museum in the South Bay. Located on the central city park in downtown San Jose, in the hub of Silicon Valley, the Museum is housed in a landmark 1892 building (a gem of Richardsonian architecture and once the Civic Library) and a 1991 addition by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, connected by a towering, light-filled atrium. SJMA has a total of 17,000 square feet of gallery space, as well as the Museum Store and a café. It serves audiences from across the Peninsula as well as visitors from the greater Bay Area.

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  • Deputy Director for Collections - The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

    The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) is known nationally and internationally for the quality and scope of its collection, which comprises about 45,000 objects and covers 6,000 years of art history. Founded in 1913,the CMA is today one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art museums and one of the top five in the country.

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  • Chief Financial Officer - Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
    Chief Financial Officer - Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

    The Norton Museum of Art was founded by Ralph Hubbard Norton and his wife Elizabeth Calhoun Norton. An industrialist who headed the Acme Steel Company in Chicago, Mr. Norton retired in 1939 to make West Palm Beach his permanent home. Avid philanthropists and collectors, the Nortons chose to share their collection with the public, commissioning Marion Sims Wyeth of the firm Wyeth, King  & Johnson to design the Museum. The Art Deco building opened on February 8, 1941. Mr. and Mrs. Norton's gifts of art brought the first 317 works to the Museum.

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  • Executive Director - Sarasota Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
    Executive Director - Sarasota Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

    The Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA) came into being in 2003 when 13 forward-thinking Sarasotans dreamed of enhancing Sarasota’s rich cultural landscape with a modern and contemporary art museum.  After a two-year dialogue with area arts, educational and community leaders, SMOA partnered with Ringling College of Art and Design to transform the historic Sarasota High School into a state-of-the-art visual arts destination with the art museum as its centerpiece.  The comprehensive campaign to renovate the high school; create the Visual Arts Education Center (VAEC); establish SMOA; and endow it is one of Ringling College’s strategic initiatives. SMOA became a division of the College in March, 2006.

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  • Vice President of Marketing, Harris Theater for Music & Dance, Chicago, IL
    Vice President of Marketing, Harris Theater for Music & Dance, Chicago, IL

    Applications for this position are now closed - September 20, 2014

    The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance is a 1500-seat state-of-the art performance venue located in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Opened in November 2003, the non-profit Harris Theater was the first multi-use performance venue built in downtown Chicago since 1929.  Developed by several Chicago area foundations, the Harris Theater serves as a unique national model of collaboration between the philanthropic community and performing arts organizations in music and dance.  Ten years later, the theater features the most diverse offerings of any venue in Chicago, hosting local, national and internationally renowned artists and ensembles.

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  • President - The Clay Center, Charleston, WV
    President - The Clay Center, Charleston, WV

    After breaking ground for construction in 1999, the $120 million Clay Center opened on July 12, 2003. Seventy percent of the funds raised during the capital campaign for the Center came from private sources.  The Center remains one of the most ambitious economic, cultural and educational undertakings in West Virginia history.  The Center is supported by an endowment of $40 million.

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  • Executive Director - The Grand Theatre, Wausau Performing Arts Foundation, Wausau, WI
    Executive Director - The Grand Theatre, Wausau Performing Arts Foundation, Wausau, WI

    The Grand is the home base for the Wausau Area Performing Arts Foundation, Inc., a private nonprofit community arts organization established in 1972.  With a mission to promote excellence in the performing arts in North Central Wisconsin, the Performing Arts Foundation (P.A.F.) reaches over 150,000 people each year with performances and instructional programs. With the grand opening of ArtsBlock in 2002, the Performing Arts Foundation established a new energy in the Wausau area to fulfill its various roles:

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  • Artistic Director, The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
    Artistic Director, The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN

    Applications for this position are now closed - September 17th, 2014

    The Guthrie Theater opened in 1963 to perform classics in rotating repertory with a company, although Sir Tyrone Guthrie always envisioned the development of new work as well.  Five years later, the Guthrie added a broader range of productions on smaller stages, and that tradition mostly continued over the ensuing decades.  Subsequent artistic leadership included such luminaries as Michael Langham, Liviu Ciulei, and Garland Wright.  Next came Joe Dowling who has announced that he will step down in 2015 after 20 years of leadership.

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  • President/CEO - LexArts, Lexington, KY

    Applications for this position are now closed - August 19th, 2014

    For the past 25 years, LexArts has served the greater Lexington community as its premier cultural development, advocacy and fund raising organization. In its dual role as both the area arts council and united arts fund, LexArts provides a wide range of programs and services designed to integrate the arts into the daily lives of the residents of Lexington.

    LexArts plays a key leadership role in the arts community, often serving as primary voice of advocacy and expertise. Many credit the agency with being the catalyst that has elevated the management, governance and program delivery skills of the groups.

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  • Director - Vance Wall Art Education Center, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

    A notable community institution with an international reputation, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is still located in the same, though now thrice-expanded, building in which it opened in 1914. Situated amid a beautiful, tree-lined residential area of Montclair, New Jersey, just 12 miles west of New York City, the Museum is esteemed for its holdings of American and Native American art, its exhibitions, its family and public programs, and its art school. It welcomes more than 65,000 visitors annually. 

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  • Executive Director, MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theatre Center Houston, Houston, TX

    Applications for this position are now closed - July 31, 2014

    Houston, Texas has one of the most vibrant arts and cultural communities in the nation. Nationally and internationally recognized performing arts institutions abound, as do magnificent venues to house them, including The Wortham Center, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and Jones Hall, among others. These top-tier facilities house Houston’s major groups and presentation series, providing state-of-the-art production capability and extraordinary audience experience. What Houston has lacked is a dedicated space for its many small and midsize arts organizations. That void will soon be filled. Enter MATCH: Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.

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  • Director - Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester NY
    Director - Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester NY

    The Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) was founded in 1913 by Emily S. Watson as a memorial to her son James George Averell. She stipulated that the museum serve the entire Rochester community. Seeking a responsible agent, she appointed the University of Rochester as trustee and looked to the community to support the museum and build the collections—a unique relationship that extends to today.

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  • Curator of Contemporary Art - Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
    Curator of Contemporary Art - Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

    The Phoenix Art Museum is the leading visual arts institution in the Southwest. Originally incorporated in 1949, the first part of the current Museum building opened in 1959. Today, the Museum’s facility totals almost 300,000 square feet.  Beginning with a small building of 25,000 square feet, an addition nearly tripling the size to 73,000 square feet was completed in 1965. The Museum expanded again in 1996. That expansion project included a dramatic new 46,000 square foot structure, extensive renovation of the original facility, as well as renovation of an existing library building.  In November 2006, the Museum finished a $50 million expansion leading to completion of its 280,000 square foot master plan.  The 1996 and 2006 expansions, designed by the award-winning firm of Tod Williams/Billie Tsien & Associates of New York City, integrate art and architecture with the southwestern landscape and provide sweeping interior spaces. The founding of the Museum and its development reflect the constant commitment from the community and mirror the growth of Phoenix from a small desert town into the sixth largest city in the United States and the thirteenth largest metro area.

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