Norman Rockwell Museum Announces New Director of Curatorial Operations

Stockbridge, MA, November 29, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum announces the promotion of Martin Mahoney to the Museum’s newly created position Director of Curatorial Operations.

Mr. Mahoney has most recently served as Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Norman Rockwell Museum, since joining the Museum in 2005 as the Museum’s registrar. Under the leadership of Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Stephanie Plunkett, he has been responsible for the Museum’s far-reaching traveling exhibitions program, which has presented exhibitions in more than 150 museums across the United States and overseas. In addition, Mahoney has overseen the Museum’s registration and collections department and established its digital collections database system, ProjectNORMAN which forms the Museum’s digital learning and engagement programs. During his tenure at the Museum he has secured funding for art conservation, art storage, and facilities needs, overseen a 1600% growth in collections and curated or co-curated a number of contemporary exhibitions such as Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure; Istvan Banyai: Stranger in a Strange Land; Everett Raymond Kinstler: Pulps to Portraits;Conserving Norman Rockwell’s United Nations; and Litgraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel.

“I am delighted to welcome Martin to the Museum’s executive leadership team,” says Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director/CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum. “A talented colleague, he has most capably managed the growth of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions programs, which now reach millions of people. We look forward to his leadership in realizing our vision as we plan for expansion to meet the tremendous growth needs of the Museum’s exhibitions, collections and research programs.”

“It has been a pleasure to observe Martin’s professional development in so many arenas through his twelve-year tenure at the Museum—a path of leadership and accomplishment that will undoubtedly continue in his expanded role,” said Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Deputy Director/Chief Curator.

“I’m excited and looking forward to helping the museum grow its collection and operational capacity in the coming years,” notes Mahoney. “I am thankful for the opportunity to expand and grow into this new role.”

As Director of Curatorial Operations, Mahoney will supervise the Museum’s newly formed Curatorial Operations Division, working across the organization’s departments on exhibition and project management, and overseeing security planning and preparation. He will also serve as the head of planning as the Museum conducts feasibility studies for expansion.

Mahoney is a trustee of Williamstown Art Conservation Center, and serves on the Mass Art Commission at the State House. He is a member of the American Alliance of Museums and their Registrars Committee, Mid-Atlantic Museums Association, and New England Museum Association. He serves as a Museum Assessment Program and Institute of Museums and Library Services reviewer.

Prior to working at the Museum, he served as collections manager for the Peabody-Essex Museum from 2001 to 2004, and as a park ranger for the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in 2000. He holds an MBA from the Massachusetts School of Liberal Arts, an MA in Public History (Museum Studies) from State University of Albany, and a BA in History (American Studies) from Castleton Stage College. He currently resides in the Hudson Valley.
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