Fine arts

Harwood Museum in Taos names new director

Well known local Juniper Manley to take the reins May 15

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 3/26/19

The Harwood Museum of Art announced Monday (March 25) that Juniper Manley has been offered the position of director ...

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Fine arts

Harwood Museum in Taos names new director

Well known local Juniper Manley to take the reins May 15

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The Harwood Museum of Art announced Monday (March 25) that Juniper Manley has been offered the position of director. She will begin her duties May 15, pending formal approval from the University of New Mexico.

“On behalf of the Harwood Governing Board, we are delighted to have Juniper back at the Harwood and very excited about our future together.” said Board Chair Alexandra Benjamin in a prepared statement.

Born in Albuquerque and raised in Peñasco, Manley has lived in Taos for the past 19 years. This local background gives her a deep and familiar connection to the Harwood and the Taos community. Manley has known the Harwood since childhood. “I spent a lot of time there between school and ballet lessons, it was like a second home growing up,” Manley said.

Manley has dedicated her professional life to the non-profit world and has worked in almost all aspects of non-profit operations, a museum statement reads. She has held professional positions in fundraising and management since 2004, including experience at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburg, the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and currently as Associate Director of the Taos Land Trust.

From 2008-2016 she was the Development Director at the Harwood Museum and in that period was instrumental in fulfilling the Harwood’s $6.3 million capital campaign. Manley also successfully planned numerous large grant-funded projects for the Harwood, including her contributions to the acclaimed 2016 exhibition “Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company” and her help in securing an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant that funded the comprehensive digitization of the Harwood art collection.

Manley holds a masters degree in arts management from the Carnegie Mellon Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Reed College. She serves on the board of the New Mexico Humanities Council and the MAE Private Foundation.

“My heart lies deeply with the Harwood,” Manley said. “I am honored to be chosen as the Harwood Museum’s next leader. With so much potential, the museum is an exciting platform from which to celebrate our rich cultural diversity, engage our deeply creative community, be a destination for visitors and create a model museum for its size.”

Manley brings her experience with fundraising, executive management and community engagement to position of Harwood director, the museum statement continues. With Manley as director, the goal is to fulfill the Harwood’s vision of being the preeminent museum of northern New Mexico, to take the museum to new levels of achievement, enhance learning, creativity and cultural life, and to be relevant and involved in the Taos community.

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