In 2018, when Anne Lampe left the Demuth Museum and the Lancaster Museum of Art after 13 years, she devoted herself to writing a biography of Charles Demuth, Lancaster’s most famous artist.
The book is now with the publisher, and Lampe has taken on a new job, which she believes is well qualified.
Earlier this month, Lampe was named CEO of the Museum Trustee Association.
The association works with members of museum boards to help museums grow, prosper and fulfill their missions.
“I’m in a particularly good position for this,” says Lampe. “I came with a large-scale view and a smaller view of how a museum works. I can approach both ends of the spectrum.
In addition to her 13 years as Executive Director and Chief Curator at the Demuth Museum and responsible for the merger between Demuth and the Lancaster Museum of Art in 2016, Lampe worked at the Museum of Modern Art, in the painting and sculpture department of 1993 to 1997 At the Whitney Museum, she was Assistant Curator from 2000 to 2005.
She holds a BA from Drew University (1992) and an MA in Art History from Williams College (1999).
“(The Museum Trustee Association) has 150 members, ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Connecticut Historical Society,” said Lampe.
In addition to museums, the association represents other types of organizations, including botanical gardens, aquariums and historic sites.
“Lampe’s experience as a museum director as well as her service as an administrator in other organizations has given her a perfect understanding of the administrator / director / museum relationship,” said the chairman of the board. of the association, Leland Peterson, in his announcement. “We look forward to working with the first museum professional to lead our association. “
“I’m the first person on the staff side,” says Lampe. “I’m going to bring a different kind of point of view. “
The association is based in Baltimore. Lampe will continue to live in York.
Lampe will make a lot of trips as the head of the association.
“I’m going to get to know a lot of different types of museums,” she says. “The (number) of mid-sized regional museums in the country will blow your mind. I can’t wait to meet them.
The association helps in all kinds of problems that its members face.
“We really aim to educate, create and inspire successful boards,” she says.
Lampe notes that sometimes, especially with small regional museums, “weird things can happen” with boards. The association will offer best practice guidelines.
“Museums are in such a time of change,” says Lampe. “What do we expect from a museum? Some are involved in social justice, other museums seek to build collections, others need more diversity. Administrators must be aware of and participate in the stages of transformation.
The association offers computer models to teach board members how to handle a wide range of topics, including leadership transitions, transparency and building a strong board.
Biannual forums are organized and Lampe will consult various museums. Additionally, clinics are held for CEOs and the Chairman of the Board, defining leadership so the organization can move forward.
Lampe says the many things accomplished under his tenure at Demuth and the Lancaster Museum of Art would not have happened without strong panels.
It highlights the expansion of the Demuth collection, which is now the largest in the world; new exhibition space in Demuth; renovations to the aging Lancaster Museum of Art building; and the difficult merger of the two museums.
She also mentions the catalogs published on exhibitions at Demuth, including one on Demuth’s friend Robert Locher, little known to most art specialists. Lampe had the time and the money to write them down.
“I’m getting things done,” she says. “It really shows when you have good directors. “