Steven Miller, Executive Director of Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, New York has announced his retirement.
The announcement comes at an exciting time for Miller, who has been accepted as a Visiting Scholar at The American Academy in Rome. During his study term in Rome, Miller will complete a book about how museums remove collections, a practice referred to in the profession as “deaccessioning.” Wiley-Blackwell also recently released Miller’s museum studies textbook, The Anatomy of a Museum: An Insider’s Text.
Boscobel’s Board of Trustees has appointed Boscobel Curator Jennifer Carlquist as Acting Executive Director, effective immediately. Since joining Boscobel as Curator in 2015, Carlquist has spearheaded innovative and widely attended exhibitions including Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now and Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques. Prior to joining Boscobel’s staff, she served in curatorial and fundraising roles at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, and Glensheen Historic Estate; and completed a fellowship at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.
Carlquist is a 20-year museum professional and a specialist in historic interiors and their contents. She teaches as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz and has lectured for design-related museums and programs across the country, including the Victorian Society Summer Schools, the New York School of Interior Design, Parsons School for Design, and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. She holds a B.F.A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. from the Parsons School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management. She is active in many professional organizations, including the American Friends of Attingham and the Decorative Arts Trust.
Barnabas McHenry, President of Boscobel’s Board of Trustees says, “We thank Steven Miller for his many important contributions to Boscobel, and are thrilled to have a qualified and esteemed member of staff in place to take the baton at this juncture. Jennifer Carlquist’s knowledge of Boscobel and its collection is second to none.”
Join Boscobel’s Lisa DiMarzo at the Cold Spring Farmer’s Market this Saturday at 10:00am to discover Symbols of New York State.
Let’s see what they are and what we can find out about them.
Create a leaf rubbing creature with a leaf from the New York State tree!
Boscobel is home to so much natural beauty. It is also rich in history and culture. The state symbols of New York are an important part of both.
We hope you will join us as we revel in the history of our region with a Community Open House at Boscobel House and Gardens, Military Reenactment Day, Revolutionary War Children’s Activities (with our museum educator, Lisa DiMarzo!), and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s collaboration with Boscobel, The General from America—among many other activities.
Boscobel House and Gardens has been selected as the host and case study for a January Think Tank on increasing audience engagement. The event’s co-host is the Chipstone Foundation of Milwaukee, a preeminent advocate for innovation in decorative arts scholarship and interpretation. The Chipstone Foundation has organized similar sessions at the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic House Trust, and museums across the country. Boscobel’s think tank will focus on how best to connect visitors to its unique array of resources, from its renowned collection of Neoclassical New York furniture to its historic and visually stunning landscape along the Hudson River.
Panelists include Glenn Adamson (Yale University), Jennifer Carlquist (Boscobel), Sarah Carter (Chipstone), Ned Cooke (Yale University), Meredith Horsford (Dyckman Farmhouse Museum), Peter Kenny (Classical American Homes Preservation Trust), Emily Knapp (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Jon Prown (Chipstone), and Sean Sawyer (Olana Partnership); Keith MacKay (Wilton House Museum) and artists Asher Israelow, Christopher Kurtz, and Beth Lipman.
“I am pleased to welcome Chipstone and the entire panel of scholars and artists for these discussions, which are part of the Boscobel’s ongoing Strategic Planning process,” explains Boscobel’s Executive Director Steven Miller. “Throughout 2016 we worked with The Marist Poll to survey our visitors, 86% of whom rated their Boscobel experience as ‘excellent.’ The January think tank is an important opportunity to hear from outside voices, and explore new ways to reach even more visitors going forward.”