Contact: Charles M. Lovell, 758-9826 or
Michael Padilla, 277-1816

August 10, 2001

LOVELL NAMED DIRECTOR FOR UNM HARWOOD MUSEUM IN TAOS

Charles M. Lovell has been named director of the UNM Harwood Museum in Taos. He succeeds Robert Ellis who retired in June.

"I am honored to have been selected as the new director of the Harwood Museum," Lovell said. Under Robert Ellis' leadership, the Harwood Museum has grown during the past 11 years to become one of the southwest's most important museums. To his credit is the 1997 major renovation which added the world class Agnes Martin Gallery as well as greatly expanded gallery exhibition space and much needed collections storage. In addition, Ellis deserves recognition for the overwhelming success of the endowment campaign, and the securing of more than two million dollars in gifts and pledges. The Taos community demonstrated their overwhelming support for Ellis at his June retirement reception, with more than 300 people in attendance. "

Lovell has set some preliminary goals for the future of the museum. "As I become settled, I am sure these will expand and change," he said.

"I will be learning the history of the Harwood Museum and its mission, as well as those of the Alliance, the Museum's exhibition schedule and planned programs for the coming year," Lovell said.

"Other future goals I have established are to expand the Harwood's budget through increased funding from private foundation and corporate donors and UNM, as well as continuing to build our Endowment. I will strive to always maintain a balanced budget. I also plan to increase publicity and marketing efforts for the Harwood which will result in increased museum attendance. Another very important goal will be to implement strategic planning for the Harwood Museum during the next year," he said.

"I will draw on my 16 years of museum experience, to help establish policies that will foster professionalism in all aspects of our museum's operations. Together, with a hardworking staff, boards and with generous community support; this gem, which is the Harwood Museum, will continue to flourish," Lovell said.

Before becoming director of the Harwood Museum, Lovell served as the director of the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University from July 1995 through August 2001.

Lovell has an extensive record of museum service. He was curator of exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, at the University of North Carolina from Sept. 1994 to March 1995. He also was director at Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University from Aug. 1990 to June 1994. He served as director at Yuma Art Center from Dec. 1987 to July 1990 and as acting director/curator, and registar at Tacoma Art Museum from Dec. 1985 to Nov. 1987.

Lovell earned his bachelor's degree in 1980 from East Texas State University. He received his Master's of Fine Arts Degree in June 1984 from Central Washington University. He also attended East Carolina University in 1992 and New Mexico State University in 2000.

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