Dean Ed Adams, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, and MOA Director Dr. Mark Magleby announced two new leadership appointments at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art, effective August 25, 2020. Dr. Janalee Emmer, previously the MOA’s Head of Education and a Curator since 2014, was named Associate Director of the Museum. Simultaneously, Teresa Taylor, the MOA’s Business Manager since 2011, was named Assistant Director over Operations and Finance.
Dr. Janalee Emmer, as the Associate Director of Museum of Art, will provide oversight of the MOA Curatorial, Education, Registration, and Design departments. Dr. Emmer received a PhD in Art History from Pennsylvania State University in 2009, and earned Master’s and Bachelor's degrees at Brigham Young University. Prior to her work at the BYU Museum of Art, she was a professor of art history at Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Tennessee. In addition, she brings years of museum experience, having worked at the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), the Palmer Museum of Art (Penn State), and the Springville Museum of Art. “I am honored to accept this new responsibility and look forward to exciting new opportunities at the Museum,” said Dr. Emmer. “We will continue to support the University with thoughtful exhibitions, significant acquisitions, and meaningful learning opportunities.” MOA Director Mark Magleby said, “Dr. Janalee Emmer has already fortified the MOA’s educational programming, enriched the diversity of both exhibitions and acquisitions, and has engaged faculty across a spectrum of disciplines. I am confident that in this new role she will continue to enrich the MOA’s intellectual and spiritual culture and provide valuable insights to guide the Museum forward.” Previously Ed Lind held the position of Associate Director at the BYU Museum of Art. Lind will retire from the MOA this fall, effective September 30, 2020, after over 22 years of service at the Museum.
Teresa Taylor has been appointed as the Assistant Director of Operations and Finance, with oversight over the MOA Fabrication, Facilities, Store, and Marketing departments. Taylor received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University in 2011, and worked as a Budget Analysis at UVU from 2008 to 2011. “I hope to provide thoughtful strategic planning as we look to the MOA’s promising future,” said Taylor. Dr. Magleby said, “Teresa embodies lifelong learning and demonstrates great support and empathy. She has also provided invaluable leadership during these pandemic conditions. In this new role she will undoubtedly bring her compassion, her native intelligence, and her ever-relevant institutional experience.”