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The Michener names new executive director


The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown has a new executive director.

The board of trustees has named Anne Corso, the former executive director of Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, to the post that Kate Quinn vacated at the end of 2021.

Lynne A. Molnar served as interim executive director in 2022 and board member Vail P. Garvin stepped into the role in March 2023.

“We are thrilled to welcome Anne Corso to the Michener Art Museum,” Bob Byers, chair of the Michener’s board of trustees, said Tuesday in a statement. “With her past success at other art museums, we are confident she is the right leader to strengthen community ties and build upon the strong foundation of this institution, which was created to celebrate the artistic tradition in Bucks County.”

In Vermont, Corso was credited with transforming the center into “an active, engaging institution that now is a cultural hub of the community and the leading arts institution in Vermont,” according to the statement. During Corso’s five-year tenure, the Southern Vermont Arts Center doubled the institution’s membership and annual fund, grew the education programs exponentially and invested millions in capital improvements.

During a 20-year career in the arts, Corso also worked at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk; the Reading Public Museum in Berks County; and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington.

“I am elated to join the incredible team at the Michener Art Museum with its talented staff, dedicated board, and deep connections to the Bucks County community,” said Corso. “I have been privileged to make my career in art museums and art institutions that bring people and art together, often in new and exciting ways. I am honored to be able to continue and expand on that trajectory with all the dedicated partners of the Michener. Together, we will work to develop a bright path forward while honoring the museum’s legacy and looking to its future.”

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