After an extensive national search, the Cummer Museum is pleased to announce the selection of Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D., as the institution’s next George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Brownlee has served as the director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia, for nearly 20 years. She will begin her new role in December 2020.
Brownlee earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Duke University in 2001. As an undergraduate at Spelman College, she earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Art History. She is an alumna of the Getty Leadership Institute.
“I am honored to lead the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens — a forward-thinking institution that is prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges of this unprecedented time,” said Brownlee. “I anticipate working in collaboration with a variety of partners and stakeholders — both existing and new — to expand its footprint as the jewel of Jacksonville and an exceptional cultural resource for the region, the nation and the world.”
Brownlee, an award-winning art historian, curator, educator and writer, is recognized for her wise leadership, ambitious vision and influential publications. She was an instrumental member of the leadership team that piloted the Curatorial Studies Program at Spelman College, which was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In 2019, she expanded her efforts to educate the next generation of museum professionals by assuming a dual role as the Senior Strategist for the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective. Prior to her arrival at Spelman College, she was a MacArthur Curatorial Fellow at The Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art (1998-2000). She is also a recipient of the Future Women Leadership Award from Art Table (2005), the President’s Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art (2005), the inaugural Nexus Award from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2010) and the David C. Driskell Prize in African American Art and Art History (2013).
In addition to her work with Spelman College and the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective, Brownlee is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors — a role that has shaped her international perspective on issues-driven museum leadership. She has served on numerous boards throughout her career, including the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. In 2008, she served as the Vice Chair of the City of Atlanta Arts Funding Task Force.
Kerrie Slattery, who has served as interim director during the search process, will resume her position as Chief Advancement Officer when BarnwellBrownlee arrives to assume her position full time.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
The Cummer Museum's Director of Community Development, Wanda Willis, is dedicated to and leads the Museum's efforts to cultivate meaningful partnerships and promote strong community engagement. Our vision is to be a vital partner that connects diverse audiences and is inclusive and representative of our community. Read the Cummer Museum's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Access statement here.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
As we prepare for Hurricane Isaias, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will be closed on Sunday, August 2, through Monday, August 3.
Please continue to monitor our website and social media for the latest updates. For your safety, as well as that of our staff and the art and gardens, we will evaluate the conditions and reopen as soon as possible.
Thank you for your patience, and stay safe.
Thursday, July 16, 2020
The Museum today announced its second phase of reopening, which restores community access to the Museum’s indoor galleries and exhibitions in a limited capacity, will begin on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
This announcement follows the safe and successful first phase of reopening that began on June 20 with the historic riverfront gardens, light bites and beverage service through the Cummer Café and two pop-up locations of the Museum Shop. The Museum will continue to limit daily capacity across the campus for the foreseeable future.
Members and guests are required to reserve a timed ticket in advance of their visit. Tickets are available in two-hour time increments, with dates and times for the upcoming week updated every Monday.
The Museum has implemented many safety and sanitation measures, including hand sanitizer stations throughout the campus, plexiglass guards for the front desk area and expanded daily cleaning and sanitation policies for all common areas and surfaces according to the Centers for Disease Control and Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines. All galleries now feature routes to direct the flow of movement and support social distancing. Transitioning to a timed ticket model provides additional time for cleaning and disinfecting throughout the campus, including high-touch surfaces. Museum staff, members and guests are required to wear masks.
The Museum is excited to announce its reopening plans to welcome you back this summer, beginning in phases on June 20, 2020. The first phase of the Museum’s reopening will provide access to the historic riverfront gardens; phase two will include reopening the Museum’s galleries and exhibitions.
In order to prioritize the health of our guests and our staff, and to minimize touch points and onsite capacity, all visitors must reserve a timed ticket for entry. View our new hours, admission prices, and timed ticket options through the link below.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is working hard on reopening plans to welcome you back soon.Our goal is to create the safest and best visitor experience that is centered around the highest quality works of art and historic gardens that are accessible and fun for everyone. As we continue to work toward finalizing a timeline for when we can safely reopen our doors, please be assured that we have been developing an extensive plan which implements the highest level health and safety protocols to greet you.
Our reopening phases will include the Gardens, followed by a full campus reopening. We will continue to share updates on our plans as they are finalized and look forward to announcing our opening date.
We are reviewing guidance from government and public health officials on a daily basis and are also in contact with other museums throughout the country.
We have produced a detailed analysis of each space within the Museum and Gardens, indicating the appropriate capacities based on social distancing guidelines.
We have secured services from a renowned local healthcare provider to perform healthcare monitoring for our employees for the pre-opening phase and beyond.
We have ordered a multitude of Personal Protection Equipment to include face masks for staff and visitors, hand sanitizer stations, plexiglass guards for the lobby area, and more.
We have expanded our daily cleaning and sanitation policies for all common areas and surfaces according to CDC and OSHA guidelines.
We are adapting our onsite summer camp to a virtual camp to ensure a safe, fun, and engaging experience for all campers that is consistent with local and federal health guidelines. Click here to learn more.
The Museum is working hard on reopening plans to welcome you back very soon. Our goal is to create the safest and best visitor experience that is centered around the highest quality works of art and historic gardens that are accessible and fun for everyone.
As we now get ready to again open our doors, please be assured that we have been developing an extensive plan which implements the highest level health and safety protocols.
We will share our plans to reopen here on our website and social channels, so please check back and stay in touch!
The Team at the Cummer Museum
Monday, March 30, 2020
In the best interest of our members, visitors, volunteers and team, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is extending its temporary closing to the public and will reopen when government and health officials determine the risk to public health has declined.
Although our doors are temporarily closed, our team is working hard to develop inspiring programs, classes and events to be ready for when we can see you again.
In the meantime, please visit cummermuseum.org and our social media channels, @cummermuseum, for the latest updates and to engage with our artful experiences and resources at home.
We wish you well, and we thank you for your patience and support. Although we cannot visit with you at our institution, we are thinking of you and our entire community, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
The Team at the Cummer Museum
Friday, March 27, 2020
After consulting with schools and program providers, out of an abundance of caution and with consideration of the health and safety of the community, the Cummer has decided to postpone the annual four-day Arts4All Festival which was scheduled for April 28 through May 1, 2020. We do not come to this decision lightly, as we recognize that the Festival is an important and exciting opportunity for students with differing abilities, their teachers, and their chaperones to experience art and gardens at the Cummer through all of their senses.
For the remainder of this academic year, our Education team is working to adapt and provide artful digital experiences to share with schools, students, and families. We are developing alternative Arts4All opportunities, in collaboration with schools, program partners, and volunteers, that will engage teachers, students, and their families here at the Cummer Museum during the summer and into the fall. Please check back here for updates.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The new Cummer Museum Resource Guide is intended to be a starting point to online engagement. Looking for projects to create, livestream concerts to listen to, or curriculum based teaching tools? You'll find great suggestions here!
We also invite you to #ColorTheCummerMuseum collection by downloading, coloring, and reimagining the works of art found here. Share them with us on social media using the hashtag above and you could see your designs featured on the Cummer Museum's page.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Explore your creativity with us! The Museum's new Art Making at Home guide provides ideas and instructions for creating Museum inspired art projects from home. Choose one of the projects from the guide and get the whole family involved in the fun. Looking for a creative outlet for the kids, want to refine your skills, or seeking opportunities to engage together? You'll find it here!
Friday, March 13, 2020
Your health and safety are our top priorities. Out of an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our members, visitors, docents and team, the Museum will temporarily close to the public beginning March 14, through Friday, April 3 (subject to change). The Museum will remain open through close of business (9 p.m.) Friday, March 13.
All events and programs are postponed until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice and guidance of government and health officials.
Please revisit this page of our website and social media channels for the latest updates.
Thank you for your patience and support. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum when we reopen.
The Team at the Cummer Museum
Thursday, March 12, 2020
We continue to monitor COVID-19 (the coronavirus) and the precautionary measures recommended by government and public health officials. Out of an abundance of caution, we are adjusting our upcoming events schedule:
Saturday, March 14 - Spring Garden Concert Postponed - New date and information to be shared soon.
Tuesday, March 17 - Iconoclasm Lecture Series: Reformation Iconoclasm Cancelled - We hope to be able to provide online access at a later date.
Friday/Sunday, March 20 & 22 - Striking Up with Phase Eight Theater Company Postponed - New date and information to be shared soon.
Tuesday, March 24 - Iconoclasm Lecture Series, Secular Iconoclasm Cancelled - We hope to be able to provide online access at a later date.
Tuesday, April 7 - Iconoclasm Lecture Series, Charrette Cancelled
The Museum is currently maintaining its regular operating hours, however, we will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate any changes as they are available. Please revisit this page of our website and social channels for the latest updates.