The Biggs Museum of American Art announced on Wednesday that Charles A. Guerin is the new executive director.
Guerin, a Chicago native, comes to the Biggs Museum from The Hyde Collection in Glen Falls, N.Y., where he is currently the executive director. He has 25 years of experience as chief executive officer of three nationally prominent art museums and will join the Biggs in May. He will succeed Linda A.K. Danko, who retired in August, after 11 years.
“Charles brings an impressive combination of experiences and background, everything from fundraising to building operations to strategic planning, all of which compliment Biggs Museum goals for the coming years,” said Marcia DeWitt, president of the Biggs board of trustees, in a news release. “We are confident that Charles is the right person to lead our team as we work to increase the museum’s profile on a local, regional and national scale.”
Guerin’s other museum experience includes serving as the executive director at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the commissioner of Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources, and the executive director of University of Wyoming Art Museum. He holds a master of fine arts degree in printmaking and art history, a master of arts degree in painting, and a bachelor of fine arts in printmaking, all from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.
“I have a great appreciation and respect for the Biggs Museum, its significant collection and its dedicated team,” Guerin said. “I am truly honored to have the opportunity to lead the museum into its next chapter and I look forward to meeting and working with community members in and around Delaware.” Over the coming months, Guerin and his wife, Katherine Riccio Guerin, plan to relocate to Dover.
Guerin’s experience includes advancing art institutions and creating imaginative exhibitions and educational programming solutions to serve the public while fostering enhanced financial support and increased visitation and tourism. He has extensive experience in non-profit and asset management, the process of museum accreditation through the American Association of Museums and strategic planning. Guerin is also a seasoned fundraising professional and his career fundraising efforts total more than $30 million from external sources.