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Indianapolis Museum of Art appoints Preston Bautista as Deputy Director for Public Programs

Submitted by on January 11, 2013 – 1:23 pm

Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), announced today that he has restructured the Museum’s senior management team. The most significant changes are the creation of the Division of Public Programs and Audience Engagement and the Division of Business Development and Marketing. Venable has appointed IMA staff member, Dr. Preston Bautista, to the new position of Deputy Director for Public Programs and Audience Engagement. A search will begin shortly for a Deputy Director for Business Development and Marketing. In all, five senior managers will report directly to Venable. The additional three are Jennifer Bartenbach, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary; Kathryn Haigh, Deputy Director for Collections, Research and Exhibitions; and Cynthia Rallis, Chief Development Officer.

In his new role, Bautista will continue to oversee the audience engagement and public programs areas of the museum. In addition, he will have oversight of the curatorial department, design, library and archives, and scholarly publishing. Prior to arriving at the IMA in December 2011, Bautista was Director of Public Programs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. His career at museums has included positions at the Japanese American National Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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