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Inez S. Wolins Appointed Executive Director of C.M. Russell Museum

 

The C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana is pleased to announce Inez S. Wolins as Executive Director. Wolins was selected from a field of twenty-eight highly-qualified applicants. She brings extensive experience as a museum professional and successful administrator. Wolins plans to dedicate herself to enhancing all aspects of the Museum with an emphasis on exhibitions, programming and visitor experiences.

Inez S. Wolins spent eight years as Director/CEO of the Wichita Art Museum, the largest art museum in the state of Kansas, and was Curator of Education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She comes to the C.M. Russell Museum from Florida, where she was the Director of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in Gainsville. Under Wolins' leadership, the Wichita Art Museum was honored with the 1994 Award of Excellence presented by the Kansas Museums Association. While there, she also expanded the attendance, programming and outreach programs helping to bring the Museum's message to 180,000 people annually. Wolins also wrote many successful grant applications and helped launch exhibitions for national travel from the Wichita Art Museum's permanent collection. (right: Inez S. Wolins, photo courtesy of C.M. Russell Museum)

Wolins once served as the lead reviewer for the C.M. Russell Museum's involvement in the Museum Assessment Program. The Museum received an award in this program from the American Association of Museums. Wolins has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Museums, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums and the National Association for Humanities Education. She has chaired the women director's committee for the Association of Art Museum Directors, and served as a consultant on projects with facilities such as the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, American Museum of National History, Museum of the City of New York and the National Endowment for the Arts. A frequent lecturer and author, Wolins has published more than 20 articles about the role of education in American Museums.

Wolins received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Philadelphia College of Art and her Master's degree in Museum Studies and Art History from Syracuse University. She pursued her doctoral studies at New York University, where her dissertation examined the role of technology and family learning within a museum setting.

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