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Taubman Museum of Art announces Della Watkins as executive director

The Taubman Museum of Art announced Della S. Watkins, chief educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as its new executive director. Watkins brings to the Taubman extensive experience in museum management, volunteer engagement, public programming and development in addition to art education.

Watkins has been at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond since 1997, taking on increasingly more responsible positions in education and management, most recently as the museum’s chief educator. She also has served as acting director of education and statewide partnerships and as manager of school and family programs. She started her career as an art educator in public schools in Richmond, Virginia Beach and Charlottesville.

She begins her new role Feb. 4.

The Taubman Museum of Art is open with free general admission Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional hours include First Fridays for Art by Night from 5 to 8 p.m. and First Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. To learn about current and future exhibits, please visit or call 540.342.5760.

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