After what seems like a revolving door of leadership at Phoenix Art Museum (PhxArt), following the controversial departure of Amada Cruz in 2019, the museum has announced the appointment of Jeremy Mikolajczak to serve as the Museum’s Director and Chief Executive Officer. Mikolajczak, who is currently Director and CEO of the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA), will assume his role at PhxArt in April 2022, bringing significant experience as a director and curator with a special focus on community engagement and education.
Along with his experience at TMA, Mikolajczak has served as the executive director and chief curator of the Miami-Dade College’s Museum and Galleries of Art + Design, where he oversaw a network of six campus galleries and an international sculpture garden, established the Cuban Exile Experience located in downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower, and helped to grow the institution’s impact to more than 100,000 visitors annually. Mikolajczak has also served as a scholar and educator at the University of Florida (Gainesville) and the University of Central Missouri.
“I am thrilled to be joining this exceptional museum and leading the next phase of Phoenix Art Museum and its prominent role as the foremost institution of our region,” said Mikolajczak. I feel genuinely privileged for the opportunity to work with a dedicated board, museum patrons, and diverse community, as well as an outstanding staff that mirrors my enthusiasm and drive to shape the future of a dynamic and inclusive Phoenix Art Museum. I look forward to building upon the outstanding achievements of my predecessors and advancing the Museum’s commitment to innovation and engagement.”