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Durocher wrote in her letter that the museum had plans to replace the HVAC system. She hoped that this would help the museum gain accreditation from American Alliance of Museums – the leading industry group for museums in America.
The AAM offers recommendations to museum leaders, including standards, ethical considerations and more. Accreditation is a prestigious mark of distinction for an institution and, Durocher noted in her letter, can open “the door to private and public grants,” as well as important loans from other accredited institutions and gifts from top collectors.
Construction of the new HVAC system had been scheduled to begin in early December. The university decided instead to close the museum on January 16, just over a week later.
“UNH’s decision to close the museum was, I am told, a difficult one, brought on by declining enrollment, and it comes with a mix of emotions,” wrote Durocher, who has served as director since 2011.
UNH, which is a public land grant university, laidoff 75 of its 3,700 staff members in mid-January, in an effort to reduce annual expenses to $14 million. UNH president James Dean Jr. made the announcement at that time. Education news outlet Higher Ed Dive. UNH has an endowment currently of $475,1 million. According to its FY2023 annual reportThe top private and public schools are far below this.
The University of System of New Hampshire held its annual September meeting. Release of its annual report. It reported that full time student enrollment for all UNH campuses had dropped 13.6 percent since FY2019, blaming “New England demographics and overall market changes.”
Nathan Grawe is an economist at Careleton College, Minnesota. Tell the truth New Hampshire BulletinThe US is experiencing a population decline which has led to fewer students graduating from high school and enrolling at college. The Northeast is most affected, he said.
“We know these challenges will persist in the coming years, and we must act to ensure that UNH is on firm financial footing to weather the challenges ahead,” Dean, who is set to retire in June, said in his statement, alluding to those overall changes.
Durocher pointed out in her letter that it’s unusual for an institution of UNH’s size to lack a dedicated museum. The UNH Museum of Art There are over 200 paintings, more than 400 photographs and 1,000 works of art on paper.The permanent collection includes around 20 sculptures. That includes photographs by Andy Warhol, etchings by Goya and Rembrandt, paintings by Boston expressionists Hyman Bloom and Karl Zerbe, and prints by Max Ernst, David Hockney, Joan Miró, Pierre Soulages, and more.
“Since 1941, there have been exhibitions of works of art on campus, including loans from storied institutions such as National Gallery of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institute; in 1950 a donation of European paintings formed the basis of the Museum’s collection; in 1960 the gallery was centrally located in the newly built Paul Creative Arts Center; in 1971 we began to institute best-practices under the leadership of a professional gallery director and board of advisors; and in 2010 the Art Gallery was renamed the Museum of Art in recognition of our role as stewards of a growing art collection,” she wrote. “And I, as president of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, and a respected museum professional, am wounded to be at the head of an academic museum that after 60 years is closing.”