Art belongs to all of us. How do we ensure that the making and enjoyment of art is accessible to Mainers? Suzette McAvoy, Director of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and Roger Dell, Director of Education at the Farnsworth Museum, answer this question on our most recent episode of the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour & Podcast.
Suzette McAvoy has served as director and curator of CMCA since September 2010. She previously served as chief curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, and has more than 30 years experience in the art field. She has lectured and written extensively on the art and artists of Maine, and has organized national traveling exhibitions of the work of Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz, Kenneth Noland, Lois Dodd, Karl Schrag, and Alan Magee. Prior to moving to Maine in 1988, she was the director of the University of Rhode Island Art Galleries. She has also worked at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, and the Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Ms. McAvoy received a B.A. in art history from William Smith College and an M.A. in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. She lives in Belfast, Maine.
Roger Dell has been curator of gallery education at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, director of education at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, director of education at the Fitchburg Art Museum, Massachusetts, and is currently is director of education at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine. Dell has created innovative art museum education programs for students and adults and has lectured widely on art history, arts education and museums. In Chicago, Dell was one of the managers who built a new $60 million Museum of Contemporary Art, overseeing the design and programming of the education space. In Fitchburg, Dell was the lead person in the creation of the Museum Partnership School, an arts magnet middle school within the Fitchburg Art Museum and an adjacent school building. This unique collaboration between a public school system and a private art museum afforded students the opportunity to take their classes in an art museum, where artworks were used as texts, and art was integrated into the curriculum of each and every subject.