For Immediate Release February 1, 2011
Staff Contact: Erik Mason, Longmont Museum, 303-651-8374
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Longmont Museum Appoints Wesley Jessup as Museum Director
FEBRUARY 1, 2011 - The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center announced today that Wesley Jessup has been hired as its new Museum Director, effective March 1, 2011. The hire completes a national search to replace former director Martha Clevenger, who passed away in September after a long illness. A committee of staff and board members, led by Longmont Community Services Director Karen Roney, made the selection based on the depth of Jessup’s museum experience and the energy that he brings to the position.
Jessup is a museum professional who has worked in different management capacities for over 15 years, beginning as a manager of international programs at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. His experience in New York led him to other opportunities, including the Pasadena Museum of California Art, where he served for seven years as the founding director. He is currently the project director for a cultural center being developed in Alaska, the Beringia Center of Culture and Science.
Raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Jessup pursued a bachelor’s degree in art history at California State University at Fullerton, which included studying abroad in Florence, Italy. He received a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the City University of New York. He has worked on a number of exhibitions over the years including the The Art of the Motorcycle and Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. In Pasadena, he organized Alson Clark: An American Impressionist, Maynard Dixon: Masterpieces from Private Collections, and the California Design Biennial, among other exhibitions.
“The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center has an impressive history of bringing exciting and relevant programs to this region,” said Jessup. “I look forward to working with the talented staff here to continue to expand our audience and build upon the exhibition and program successes from recent years.”
The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center is a division of the City of Longmont, and is one of Longmont’s premier cultural institutions. It serves more than 70,000 visitors annually through its exhibitions and educational programs, which encompass art, history, and science education for a broad array of audiences.
The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center is located at 400 Quail Road in Longmont, Colorado. It is open 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday and is closed on most Mondays. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Museum at 303 651-8374, or visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum.