Frist Art Museum Board of Trustees Appoints New Managing Director

The Frist Art Museum Board of Trustees announced Nashville native Seth Feman, PhD, as the new Executive Director and CEO.

As a scholar, educator, and curator with a decade in multiple leadership roles at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va., Dr. Feman returns to Nashville to lead the Frist in its next chapter of growth and community service. . Her appointment follows the retirement of Dr. Susan H. Edwards, who had served as Frist’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer since 2004.

“After an extensive international search managed by Trustee and Chair of the Human Resources Committee, Deborah Story, the Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that Dr. Seth Feman has been unanimously appointed as the new Director of the Frist Art Museum. “said the Frist Art Museum Board of Trustees Chairman and President Billy Frist. “Seth brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and compassion to continue executing our founding vision and mission. Growing up in Nashville, he has an invaluable understanding of our community and our institution’s role in that. We are very grateful for all of the work that Deborah and the search committee have put into this process, and we know that Seth will arrive in the field fully equipped to build on our existing strengths.”In his role as Associate Director for Art and Interpretation and Curator of Photography at the Chrysler Art Museum, Dr. Feman led the curatorial, education and registration departments to develop dynamic exhibitions, creative experiences transformative learning and engaging programming. He joined the Chrysler in 2012 to support the museum’s renovation and relocation by developing and implementing a new collection interpretation and display strategy. After several years in the education department, he was appointed Curator of Exhibits and Photography, during which time he oversaw the exhibition program and revived the photography program by greatly expanding the photography collection. “I am thrilled to join the incredible team at Frist Art Museum, and look forward to collaborating with the talented and mission-driven staff, dedicated Board of Trustees, and supportive community in Nashville. Together, we will continue to ensure that the Frist is a dynamic source of inspiration and a meaningful connection for people across the region and beyond,” said Dr Feman. “As a Nashville native with a deep appreciation for the city’s culture and ambition, I have long admired the way the Frist has developed its exhibits and programs to allow visitors to experience a diversity of cultures. from all over the world and to work with local artists. Over the years I have had the great good fortune of collaborating with the excellent staff at Frist on the planning of traveling exhibitions, and I am constantly inspired by the collegiality , creativity and team drive. This opportunity is the realization of a long-term dream. I am deeply honored and thrilled to return home to serve a community and a state that I love.”First-time audiences may recognize Dr. Feman as co-curator of Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful, an exhibition co-curated by the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Columbus Museum, Georgia, which will be featured in the Frist’s Upper-Level Galleries from February 25 to June 5, 2022. Dr. Feman and co-curator Jonathan Frederick Walz of the Columbus Museum will lead the exhibition’s opening events and program. He also worked closely with Frist staff to plan the presentation of Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century at the Chrysler Museum of Art in 2018.Dr. Feman will assume executive leadership in mid-April at the start of Frist’s twenty-first year of operation. In the meantime, Anne Henderson, Frist’s director of education and engagement, will serve as interim director. “The search committee, with the professional assistance of executive search firm Koya Partners, worked intensively to recruit top talent to serve as the new director,” said Deborah Story. “We considered many talented individuals and ultimately chose Seth Feman, who we believe is right to lead the Frist, and is excited to return to make a positive impact in his hometown.” Members of the Frist Art Museum’s Board of Trustees Research Committee are Pete Bird, Billy Frist, Frank Garrison, Jamaal Sheats, John Smithwick, Deborah Story, Julie Walker and Gail Carr Williams.Dr. Edwards, director of Frist since 2004, retired on February 22. During Dr. Edwards’ tenure, the Frist received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and presented more than 225 popular and critically acclaimed exhibits. “Susan Edwards has elevated the museum in ways we could only imagine when we first started,” said Billy Frist. “She firmly placed the museum on an international stage. Not only did she make the presentation of the visual arts and the discourse around them diverse and accessible during her time at the museum, but she also changed lives and Nashville in the process. “

“Susan Edwards has built an incredible team and her long-standing leadership has ensured their success,” said Dr. Feman. “Like the Frist, the Chrysler has transformed from a beloved regional arts center into a thriving, vibrant and internationally recognized cultural hub. I look forward to listening to staff, volunteers and guests for learn more about their ideas, their experiences, Thanks to the efforts of this team, the Frist has done an extraordinary job of engaging the public, and they have produced a thoughtful plan on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility to ensure broader meaningful interactions with the many communities the museum serves. Learning from key stakeholders, I am also looking forward to meeting people who are not yet connected to Frist. One of my top priorities is to make ensuring that the museum is a space where all people are welcome to connect with art and with each other efforts to improve access, representation and engagement are key o objectives that will be priorities for me. »

Mildred D. Field