MTA Board Chairman Leland Peterson notes, “Ms. Lampe’s appointment was the culmination of a national search spearheaded by Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc. Lampe’s experience as a museum director as well as her service as a Trustee in other organizations gave her a comprehensive understanding of the Trustee/Director/Museum relationship. Additionally, Ms. Lampe’s curatorial experience in museums such as the Whitney and the Museum of Modern Art and her thirteen years as Executive Director and Chief Curator at the Demuth Foundation, where she transformed it from a small organization into a strong collecting, exhibiting and operational institution brought us confidence. She understands the various challenges museums of all sizes face today. We look forward to working with the first museum professional to lead our Association.”
Ms. Wieler, who was elected MTA Trustee Emerita noted, “I am thrilled with Anne Lampe’s appointment as MTA’s next CEO. Anne has led a MTA Member museum, attended our workshops and forums and participated on a panel at our San Juan forum. I am confident that she has the experience to take MTA to the next level.”
Ms. Lampe noted, “Trustees are the core of museums. Currently museums are facing a period of great transformation and are grappling with issues such as: integration of digital innovations, program integration of social issues and collection issues ranging from questions of the focus of the collection, storage, to deaccessioning. While every museum will address issues that are pertinent to their community, a strong group of Trustees, who are well educated in their role, governance and are engaged in the mission of their home museum, is necessary for its success. Trustees who are well versed on current museum issues from a variety of perspectives, are best suited to engage and contribute to their institution. I look forward to building on the momentum that Mary Wieler generated for the MTA and equipping the next generation of Trustees for the important work of sustaining and growing our cultural institutions for the future.”
For the last thirteen years, Lampe served as Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Demuth Foundation, which includes the Demuth Museum and Lancaster Museum of Art. During her tenure she quadrupled the budget, doubled the exhibition space, and increased the permanent collection by 50%, making it the largest repository of Charles Demuth’s artwork anywhere in the world. Additionally, she initiated the first publications program and a touring exhibitions program. Lampe’s prior roles include Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum and Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. Lampe has lectured widely on early modernism and most recently published; Charles Demuth: The Demuth Museum Collection, 2018, Robert E. Locher: A Modern Classic, 2017 and Warren Rohrer: Painter of the Fields, 2017.
Lampe’s appointment with the Museum Trustee Association is effective April 8 and she will be based in the MTA national office in Baltimore, MD.