Master of Arts in Visual Arts Administration

The Shifting Priorities and Relationships between Museum Mission, Collecting and Exhibition Responsibilities, and Audience Outreach and Participation

Date and Time: October 29th, 6-7:30 PM

Guest(s): Marti Mayo, art museum consultant, director, curator, and writer

Marti Mayo, art museum consultant, director, curator, and writer, discussed her perspectives on some major developments in art museum practice. In an interview format with Prof. Carlo Lamagna, she considered the shifting priorities and relationships between museum mission, collecting and exhibition responsibilities, and audience outreach and participation. 

Marti Mayo is founder and Principal of Mayo Art Associates, an art and museum consulting and advisory service in New York City. Between 1994 and 2007, Mayo was Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, where she presided over three strategic planning processes, the first successful capital campaign in the institution’s then 50-year history, and an on-time and on-budget facility renovation; tripled attendance; conducted an internationally acclaimed exhibition and publication program; and developed innovative, nationally recognized approaches to education programs for schools, adolescents and adults.  

Major exhibitions accompanied by significant publications organized by CAMH during this period include: Pipilotti Rist:  Wishing for Synchronicity (2006); Andrea Zittel:  Critical Space (2005), co-organized with The New Museum, New York, traveled to three major museums in the U.S. and Canada; Perspectives @ 25: A Quarter Century of New Art in Houston (2004); Double Consciousness:  Black Conceptual Art Since 1970 (2004); Matthew Ritchie:  Proposition Player (2003);  Splat! Boom! Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art (2003), traveled to two major museums in the U.S. and to Norway; When 1 is 2:  The Art of Alighiero e Boetti (2002); Outbound:  Passages from the ‘90s (2000); Abstract Painting Once Removed  (1999); Finders/Keepers:  A History of Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum (1997); Richard Long: Circles Cycles Mud Stones (1996).  Mayo was also Director of the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston.

She is Treasurer of ArtTable, a member of the Accreditation Site Visit Committee for the American Association of Museums, and a member of the College Art Association.  She was previously on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the American Federation of Arts.