Laguna Artwork Museum Government Director Malcolm Warner Proclaims RetirementVoice of OC

Laguna Art Museum Executive Director Malcolm Warner Announces RetirementVoice of OC

Malcolm Warner, govt director of Laguna Artwork Museum since January 2012, introduced his retirement this week. He’ll proceed to steer the museum by means of December, following the eighth annual Artwork & Nature competition and the opening of the exhibition, “Wayne Thiebaud: Clowns,” scheduled to open Dec. 6.

Throughout Warner’s tenure, the museum — Orange County’s oldest — has doubled its endowment, doubled its annual finances — from roughly $1.5 million to $three million — expanded its workers, particularly within the areas of schooling and improvement, and elevated its standing and visibility.

The museum’s exhibitions and academic packages have helped garner between $2 million and $three million per 12 months in contributed revenue, together with a $1 million problem grant for the endowment and a $1 million problem grant over 4 years from the town of Laguna Seaside.

The everlasting assortment has additionally grown by over 250 works throughout Warner’s directorship, together with items by Thiebaud, William Wendt, Helen Lundeberg, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Billy Al Bengston and George Herms.

“Malcolm has been so essential in advancing the mission of the museum,” mentioned Joe Hanauer, chair of the museum’s board of trustees, in a press release. “Lengthy regarded as solely a spot for early California panorama painters, at the moment the museum is very acclaimed as a middle to get pleasure from necessary works of California artwork and artists from the early California interval to modern. Equally, all artwork kinds may be seen within the museum’s exhibitions.”

Throughout his eight years, Warner employed a number of individuals on workers, together with a curator and assistant curator of schooling, a director of development, a company and foundations relations supervisor and a director of communications. He hasn’t employed a curator of latest artwork for the reason that departure of Grace Kook-Anderson in 2015.

Warner has curated various exhibitions himself, together with “Artemio Sepúlveda,” “Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca” and “California Printmakers, 1950-2000.”

“Exhibitions have all the time been my favourite a part of museum work, and I’m pleased with the vary and high quality of those we’ve introduced throughout my time in Laguna,” he mentioned in an interview. “Our ‘California Mexicana’ exhibition, which we did below the auspices of the Getty’s Pacific Commonplace Time initiative, was as wealthy, satisfying and informative a thematic exhibition as you’d see anyplace. Then there have been all of the exhibits of single artists — from Anna Hills to Tony DeLap and Wayne Thiebaud.”

Warner mentioned he’s pleased with the renovation of the lower-level galleries, “which had been fairly dismal earlier than and now look recent and alluring.” He did word that the outside of the museum, which sits on the high-profile nook of North Coast Freeway and Cliff Drive, wants a facelift, and he hopes that occurs quickly.

Photograph courtesy of Laguna Artwork Museum

An aerial shot of Laguna Artwork Museum, which sits on the high-profile nook of North Coast Freeway and Cliff Drive in Laguna Seaside. Retiring Director Malcolm Warner says he hopes the outside will get a facelift quickly.

Warner added that he helped the museum develop its illustration of various intervals and types in California artwork, which is a key a part of LAM’s mission.

Maybe Warner’s most important contribution to the museum and to Laguna Seaside is the annual Artwork & Nature competition, which he began in 2013. Since its beginnings, this system has centered on a large-scale, commissioned art work and public packages on the theme of artwork’s engagement with the pure world. Artists who’ve been commissioned for Artwork & Nature embody Lita Albuquerque, Laddie John Dill, Phillip Ok. Smith III and Elizabeth Turk. The Artwork & Nature keynote lecture has featured well-known audio system akin to California historian Kevin Starr and Leonardo da Vinci skilled Martin Kemp.

Earlier than becoming a member of Laguna Artwork Museum, Warner was deputy director on the Kimbell Artwork Museum in Fort Value, Texas. He additionally served as senior curator of work and sculpture on the Yale Heart for British Artwork in New Haven, Connecticut; and curator of European artwork on the San Diego Museum of Artwork. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Artwork, College of London, and his doctoral dissertation was on the British Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

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