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MUAH featured in the Salt Lake Tribune

The article entitled MUAH: An exile on Main Street? brings to light the Museum's struggle for funding and fight to be recognized as a premiere art insitution within the state.

MUAH has a new Executive Director

MUAH is proud to announce Kandace Steadman as the Executive Director of the museum. The board of directors voted unanimously to promote Ms. Steadman, who was serving as MUAH’s Interim Director.

“She is uniquely qualified to assume this position because of her training, experience and knowledge of the museum’s history and potential,” says Rick Horne, Board Chair. “We are confident she is the right person to provide leadership for MUAH, and that there will be steady and positive progress as we move forward.”

Ms. Steadman has more than 10 years museum experience. She has worked with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Philips Collection, and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. She has also served as the assistant curator of education and director of public relations at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to MUAH in 2004, she was the driector of development, College of Education at the University of Utah.

Ms. Steadman holds a bachelors degree in art history, master’s of educational administration from Brigham Young University and a master’s of art in art history from the University of Utah. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Westminister College, Salt Lake City, Utah.

She replaces Tom Rugh who left MUAH to become the Director of Community Relations for TIAA-CREFF in Utah. Mr. Rugh remains on the Board as Chair fo the National Advisory Council.

July 10, 2006 - MUAH receives support from national musuem assocations

Washington D.C. - The American Association of Museums (AAM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announce the Museum of Utah Art History (MUAH) as one of 116 U.S. museums to participate in the Museum Assessment Program.

The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is a confidential process of peer-review in the areas of operations, collection management, and community relations. This support will aid MUAH in promoting its mission “to foster an awareness of, and excitement about, Utah art and history.”

Kandace Steadman, Executive Director of MUAH is looking forward to working with MAP. “This opportunity allows us to build on MUAH’s strong foundation and community support,” said Steadman. “It will beneficial to have MAP curators and consultants working with us towards the common goal of improving our services.”

“The benefits of MAP are impressive: recipient museums find ways to improve their institutions on every level,” said Dr. Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “The ultimate beneficiaries, of course, are the people and communities these museums serve.”

MUAH, which has been exhibiting for 20 months, joined a long list of candidates for MAP support. Many of the other museums had more years of operational experience however, the MAP committee confidently chose MUAH as a participant because of MUAH’s credibility in the museum community.

“We welcome these museums into a process of self-reflection and improvement, and congratulate them on their commitment to field-wide excellence,” said Ed Able, President and CEO of AAM. “Our nation’s museums are already high performing and strong organizations. MAP is designed to make them better.”

MUAH is one of two Utah museums to become a national MAP participant in 2006.

July 10, 2006 - Smithsonian Institution announces Utah student as a 2006 internship partner

Smithsonian Affiliations, the national outreach unit of the Smithsonian Institution, along with the Smithsonian Affiliate Museum of Utah Art & History (MUAH), announces a Utah student as a Smithsonian Institution internship partner.

Alyson Turley, student of Brigham Young University, became a full-time intern partner at the institution’s Washington D.C. museum on June 5, 2006.

Turley is MUAH’s second Smithsonian intern partner. She is working on the current Smithsonian exhibition “Out of the Mails,” which focuses on the circumventing of the official post during the Revolutionary War era. Her duties include curatorial assistance, historical object research, and writing the exhibition script. In addition, Turley will select digital images and write descriptions of the objects for the online database.

After working at the Smithsonian Institution, Turley will be an intern at the Museum of Utah Art & History. MUAH Executive Director Kandace Steadman is pleased with Turley’s appointment as a Smithsonian intern partner. “Alyson’s experience will be invaluable to MUAH,” said Steadman. “Our collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution enables Alyson to experience working in both a large and small organization.” MUAH is the only Utah museum that is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Turley will graduate from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in art history in August 2006.