Toledo Museum of Art appoints director of special projects to oversee Master Plan implementation

Posted Mar 4th, 2019 by Mike Brice  Category: Community Interest, General Interests, General News,


TOLEDO, Ohio – The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has appointed John S. Stanley as director of
special projects to oversee the Master Plan from design through construction, including project planning, budget development, community engagement, and funding strategies. Stanley will start his new role on March 4.

Stanley began his career at TMA in 1979 and served as the chief operating officer and deputy/assistant director at TMA from 1987 to 1995 before joining the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he served as the chief operating officer (COO) and deputy director for programs and services. Most recently, he served as the COO for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have someone with John’s extensive museum construction experience to shepherd the Master Plan,” said Brian Kennedy, the Museum’s Edward Drummond, and Florence Scott Libbey director. “We know that he will draw on his past time at TMA, as well as his experience working at museums in Boston and New York City, to provide guidance and build consensus as we prepare the Museum for its next 100 years.”

During Stanley’s career, he has been responsible for the successful completion of dozens of new construction and renovation building projects including working with three Pritzker Prize-winning
architects: Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, and Renzo Piano. Project leadership has included the successful acquisition of required public and agency approvals. Among his responsibilities while at the Whitney was overseeing the construction of its new Renzo Piano-designed building in downtown Manhattan.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to return where I started my museum career and help TMA’s leadership bring to life the Master Plan, which offers a wonderful vision for the campus, Museum visitors, and the community,” Stanley said.

A graduate of the University of Toledo, Stanley earned his MBA from Bowling Green State University, attended the Museum Management Institute at the University of California at Berkeley, and pursued postgraduate coursework in art history at the University of Toledo.

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