Museum of Arts and Design Appoints Jorge Daniel Veneciano as Director
The Museum of Arts and Design has announced that Jorge Daniel Veneciano, former executive director of New York City’s El Museo del Barrio, will join the institution as its new director. He will take up the position on October 3.
“I have been enthralled with MAD ever since it opened on Columbus Circle,” Veneciano said. “The museum has been nothing short of magical in its presentations, and I’d like to see it reach more visitors and new audiences, to share with them the museum’s attention to the power of art in the making of worldly things.” He added, “MAD is brimming with potential, and I am excited to work with its passionate board and staff in directing the museum to its destiny of leadership among New York institutions.”
Prior to joining El Museo del Barrio in 2014, Veneciano served as the director of the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Nebraska, for five years. During his tenure there, the institution drew a record number of visitors. He expanded the museum’s network of partnerships, exhibition programs, and collection. Previously, Veneciano worked as a curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem and at the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. He earned his Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Veneciano has taught at Columbia University and the Rhode Island School of Design.