The Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona has named Jeremy Mikolajczak as its new director. Mikolajczak, who starts in April, replaces Tim Rodgers, who had been at the institution for less than a year before leaving to become director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
Mikolajczak is currently director of the Tucson Museum of Art, which he has directed since 2016. During his tenure, he oversaw a fundraising campaign for the expansion of the museum’s campus, which included the creation of an education center art and a wing for Latin American Art. Before moving to Arizona, Mikolajczak was director and chief curator of the Museum and Galleries of Art + Design at Miami-Dade College in Florida, where he started the consortium’s Museum of Art + Design.
“Having spent the past six years in Arizona, I have greatly admired the work of this world-class museum, its incredible history, its vast collection and its exemplary scholarship,” Mikolajczak said in a statement. “At a time of tremendous growth and opportunity in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area, I look forward to building on the outstanding accomplishments of my predecessors and advancing the Museum’s commitment to innovation and development. ‘commitment.”
Since 2015, the Phoenix Art Museum has sought to become the nation’s first fully bilingual art museum. A $1.3 million grant allowed the museum to launch a custom-translated English-Spanish website, hire a personal translator, and work to make all of its wall texts and collection materials available in Spanish.
In a statement, David Lenhardt, vice chairman of the board who led the search committee, said: “As we embarked on this search, our goal was to identify a museum leader who would be deeply invested in the institution’s success, building on the strengths of former leaders, while bringing an innovative and entrepreneurial focus to its mission. Jeremy’s background and experience make him the ideal candidate to lead the Phoenix Art Museum into further growth and increased relevance to our diverse communities, enabling the Museum to meet the needs of our audience in authentic and meaningful ways.