The Farnsworth Art Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Jaime DeSimone as the museum’s Chief Curator from July. DeSimone will lead the museum’s exhibition and collection programs. With nearly twenty years of curatorial experience, DeSimone comes to Farnsworth from the Portland Museum of Art, where she served as Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Curator of Contemporary Art.
“Jaime has an impressive understanding of Farnsworth’s historic collections, as well as our important relationships with artists who currently contribute to the ongoing narrative of American art, and its important ties to Maine,” said the Farnsworth director. , Christopher Brownwell. “The Museum Board and I have full confidence in Jaime’s ability to propel Farnsworth’s conservation program to a new level of success.”
In addition to her position at the Portland Museum of Art, DeSimone has served as curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, exhibition project coordinator at the Peabody Essex Museum and in the curatorial department of the Addison Gallery of American Art. As a curator and a leader in museums, DeSimone championed an artist-centered approach, ensuring that artists are the heart of any institution. Of the more than forty exhibitions she has curated, her projects have gained support from many prominent organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Program.
“I am honored to join the Farnsworth at this exciting time in the institution’s history,” DeSimone commented. “I look forward to building on its successes to elevate Maine’s role in American art, particularly on the eve of the museum’s 75th anniversary in 2023, and to guide the museum’s artistic vision into the future. We will continue the museum’s ongoing efforts to diversify the collection, not only in media, but to ensure representation that reflects all artists, past and present, who contribute to Maine’s role in American art.”
Appointed by the boston globe As one of the finest small museums in the country, the Farnsworth Art Museum features a nationally recognized collection of works by many of America’s greatest artists. It is open year-round as the only museum dedicated solely to American and Maine-inspired art. Through its remarkable collection of more than 15,000 works, inventive exhibits, vast intellectual resources, and energetic educational programming, visitors from around the world gain a deep appreciation for Maine’s continuing history of role in American art. More information about the museum can be found at www.farnsworthmuseum.org.