Farnsworth Museum names new director

Posted Nov. 04, 2009, at 2:16 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Christopher J. Brownawell has been named the new director of the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Richard Aroneau, president of the Farnsworth’s board of trustees, announced Brownawell’s hiring Wednesday in a press release.

Brownawell, the current director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md., will officially take over Feb. 1, 2010.

“Chris Brownawell is a nationally recognized art museum director,” said Aroneau. “The Board is delighted that he has accepted our offer, and we look forward to working with Chris to help the Farnsworth realize its extraordinary potential. Under his leadership, the Academy Art Museum, which serves a community with many parallels to Rockland, significantly grew its collections, education programs, audiences, facilities and endowment.”

Before joining the Academy Art Museum as Curator in 1988, he held positions with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the Commonwealth Conservation Center during undergraduate and graduate internships.

Brownawell will take over the Farnsworth directorship from Michael K. Komanecky, who has served as the museum’s interim director since January 2009.

Brownawell has a bachelor’s degree in art history from Wilkes College and a master’s in museum education from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.