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May 6, 2008

UIMA Director Collinson resigns; White named interim director

Howard Creel Collinson, director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) since February 2000, has announced his resignation effective May 5.

Pamela White, director of UI Pentacrest Museums -- the Natural History Museum and the Old Capitol Museum -- will serve as interim UIMA director, according to UI Executive Vice President and Provost Lola Lopes. A national search for a new UIMA director will be launched at a later date.

Lopes praised Collinson's tenure as UIMA director: "Howard has done important work over the years in bringing unique, innovative exhibitions to the UIMA, and generally promoting greater public interest in the museum. He has also overseen the remodeling of the facility, making it an extraordinary space for bringing fine art to the public. We thank him for his commitment and efforts on behalf of the UIMA during his tenure at the UI, and wish him success in his future endeavors."

Collinson came to the UI from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, where he was the Mona Campbell Curator in the Department of Western Art and Culture. Among the major exhibitions he brought the UIMA were "Lure of the West: Treasures from the Smithsonian Art Museum" (2001); "American Tableaux: Selections from Walker Art Center" (2004); "VOOM PORTRAITS Robert Wilson" (2008).

"I'm pleased that Pam White has agreed to step in as interim director," Lopes said. "Her experience in directing the Pentacrest Museums and in teaching museum studies makes her an ideal choice."

"I am looking forward to this new opportunity and embrace it with great enthusiasm," White said. "I know there will be wonderful synergies between all of the museums for collaborative exhibitions and programs based on faculty research and scholarship."

In addition to serving as director of Pentacrest Museums, White is also the director of the Museum Studies Program at the UI. She teaches Introduction to Museums during the fall semester and co-teaches Art, Law, and Ethics in the spring. Her introductory course requires 20 hours of service learning, giving students a real-life experience.

She was the guest editor for the May 2006 edition of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archival Professionals and has served as general editor for this publication since fall 2006.

In July 2007, White was chosen to attend the Getty Museum Leadership Institute as one of 32 museum leaders from the United States, Canada and Europe. While there, the group spent three weeks studying finance, personnel and leadership.

Prior to assuming the directorship of the Pentacrest Museums, she was UIMA curator of painting and sculpture. Among numerous exhibitions and catalogues, in 1997 she curated "Victorian Fairy Painting," the first international exhibition to review this genre and is the author of an essay on fairy illustration for the accompanying publication. In 2001, her book "George John Pinwell: A Victorian Artist and Illustrator, 1842-1975" was published by Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York, as part of an American University Studies series.

She received her J.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Kansas.

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