American Folk Art Museum Appoints Anne-Imelda Radice Director

Laura Bush, Elaine McConnell, Elias Vazques and Radice. (Courtesy Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

It’s a busy day for job news here in the Tri-State area. Hot on the heels of word about the Bruce Museum’s new deputy director, the American Folk Art Museum has announced that it’s named Anne-Imelda Radice as its new director. The museum has been without a director for more than a year. Maria Ann Conelli, the previous executive director, stepped down in July of 2011.

Dr. Radice will have some tough tasks in front of her, as the museum has struggled to survive financial woes that forced it to sell its Midtown home to the Museum of Modern Art last year. It used the proceeds to pay down debt left over from its construction. It now operates out of a space near Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

Ms. Radice has served as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that focuses on those cultural organizations. She also served as the first director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C., and as an assistant curator at the National Gallery of Art, also in Washington, D.C.