UNH Announces New Director of the Museum of Art
By Susan Dumais
June 22, 2011
Kristina L. Durocher
Dean Kenneth Fuld of the College of Liberal Arts announced recently the appointment of Kristina L. Durocher to the position of director of the Museum of Art. Durocher comes to UNH from the Fitchburg Art Museum in Massachusetts where she served as curator of collections.
Durocher holds a master’s in art history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and bachelor’s degrees in art history and painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and the College of New Rochelle. She has nearly a decade of experience in all aspects of exhibition development and collections management as well as administrative and financial management.
As director of the Museum of Art at UNH, Durocher will be responsible for exhibition planning, supervision of educational programs, development and conservation of the permanent collection, overseeing the financial needs of the museum, and participating in advancement. She will work closely with arts faculty across the disciplines, the museum’s board of advisors, campus administrators, and public patrons.
"The museum offers tremendous possibilities for developing collaborative and innovative exhibitions and programs that reach across academic disciplines,” says Durocher. “I'm looking forward to working with the faculty and students to create new initiatives and help raise the profile of the museum. I believe very strongly that the arts, especially the visual arts, have proven over the past two decades to be at the forefront of our increasingly visually savvy and literate culture. My appointment as director comes at an exciting time in the arts for both its challenges and rewards."
Durocher will assume her duties on June 30, 2011.
“The college is pleased and excited to welcome Kristina,” says Fuld. “She has been a creative and energetic force in the museum community in Massachusetts and we are looking forward to seeing her talents in action here in New Hampshire.”
Wes LaFountain, who served as the museum’s interim director for two years, will be stepping down at the end of June.
Under LaFountain’s leadership, the museum has accomplished much, including a marked increase in audience numbers, a highly successful auction that set a record for the amount of funds raised by a single event at the museum, and an ambitious year of special programming for Arts for Life, the university’s year-long celebration of the arts. Among acquisitions, the museum purchased the university’s second piece of public art, a granite sculpture by alumnus Gary Haven Smith ’73, that now graces the entrance to the Paul Creative Arts Center.
“Wes has been an excellent steward of the museum over the past two years,” says Fuld. “He has brought in new audiences and strengthened the museum. The college is grateful for his fine service.”