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Release: Nov. 9, 2001
Collinson Is Elected To Association Of Art Museum Directors
CITY, Iowa -- Howard Creel Collinson, director of the University of Iowa Museum
of Art, has been elected to the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD)
as one of only about 180 members from North America. He was elected at a recent
meeting of the association's trustees.
Membership in the AAMD is open to persons who serve as directors of art
museums which by purpose, size and standards of operation meet the eligibility
requirements established by the association's trustees.
"Membership is based on the qualifications of the director and the
specific museum, which must meet the highest professional standards,"
Collinson said. "This is a very gratifying honor, and it verifies the
status of the UI Museum of Art as a significant institution."
The purpose of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) is to aid
its members in establishing and maintaining high standards for themselves
and the museums they represent, thereby increasing the contribution of art
museums to society. It serves as a forum for the exchange of information and
the exploration of ideas, and as a voice with which museum directors express
their joint concerns and those of their institutions.
According to the AAMD, members of the organization are persons who serve
as directors of art museums in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. No museum
may be represented by more than one individual, and the AAMD maintains a ceiling
of 200 active members.
Collinson became director of the Museum of Art in 2000. A native of Kansas,
he served at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto from 1986, first as assistant
curator with full responsibility for prints and drawings in the European Department.
He became associate curator in 1991, and was appointed head of the museum's
Institute of Contemporary Culture (ICC) in 1992. He became head of the Department
of Western Art and Culture in 1996, and in 1997 he was named the Mona Campbell
Curator, making him the first person already on the museum staff to be named
to an endowed curatorship.
During Collinson's six-year tenure as head the ICC constructed a 4,000-square-foot
gallery, presented 12 exhibitions and raised more then $2.5 million in cash
and in-kind donations. He organized and served as curator for several of the
ICC's exhibitions, including "Fifty Years of Canadian Advertising and
Design," an exhibition of paintings by Canadian painter Charles Pachter
and a retrospective exhibition of works by the distinguished graphic designer
He has published articles and reviews in art journals and exhibition catalogues,
presented lectures in Canada and the United States, and made more than 120
appearances on television and radio programs. Collinson holds a bachelor's
degree with highest honors from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in art
history from Yale University, where he served as a research assistant at the
Yale University Art Gallery.