Orlando Museum of Art Appoints Aaron De Groft, Ph.D., Director & CEO

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Feb. 10, 2021 – The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) has appointed Aaron De Groft, Ph.D., its new director and CEO.  De Groft will be responsible for strategic planning, overseeing programming, financial management and a renewed effort to help position the museum for the next phase of its existence, including its centennial celebration in 2024.

A more than 20-year museum executive, De Groft brings impressive skills in acquisitions, programming, education and philanthropy. His career is distinguished by highly successful international exhibitions and extensive fundraising achievement, such as his success growing an endowment from $3 million to $32 million and raising a total of $51 million - $12 million in endowment - for the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where he recently served as director for 14 years.

De Groft’s background also includes serving as deputy director of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art - the state's art museum – for ten years and chief curator of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Fla. He holds a doctorate degree in art history from Florida State University; a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from University of South Carolina-Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in art history and architecture from the College of William & Mary.
 
“We are pleased to welcome Aaron to the OMA family,” said Cynthia Brumback, the board of trustees president.  “Aaron has distinguished himself by his significant achievement in both exhibition and publications work, as well as development. He brings the ideal blend of professional success and personal passion needed for the next phase of the Orlando Museum of Art.” 
 
“It is an honor to join Orlando Museum of Art,” added De Groft. “The Museum has enjoyed an impressive past and certainly has tremendous future potential.  I’m confident that this, coupled by such a strong and supportive board, staff and donors, will be a catalyst for our success for the next 100 years.”  
 
De Groft is only the fourth director in the almost 100-year history of the Museum. He will be focused on building a new legacy for the Museum and planning for its centennial celebration in 2024. 
 
“I am looking forward to making Orlando home and creating unforgettable experiences for the Orlando Museum of Art,” he concluded.

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