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The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History announces that Richard Loveland has been hired as its new Executive Director. Richard is no stranger to the world of non-profit organizations, particularly those with missions addressing regional history and cultural arts. As he assumes his duties in mid-June he brings with him over twenty-five years of experience gathered in a variety of museum settings. He has worked in organizations ranging from history and living history museums, art museums and galleries, to science and technology centers. This extensive background should prove particularly relevant to the museum when Richard helps to guide visioning discussions that are currently underway with the museum’s Board of Directors.
Prior to entering the museum world, Richard studied architecture at Virginia Tech, Museum Studies at Radford University, and graduate studies in Administration and Leadership at SUNY Plattsburgh. His professional background has also included media production, design, and project management. In 1990 Richard found that these varied skill sets magically came together when he encountered an advertisement for the position of exhibits specialist with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. That museum was then seeking an individual with just such a background to assist in developing the schematic exhibit and architectural plans for the museum’s relocation to the Nauticus Project, a $57 million waterfront redevelopment project in Norfolk, VA.
Richard later assumed curatorial responsibilities at the Mac Arthur Memorial where, in addition to the typical tasks associated with the museum’s collections and exhibits, he was enlisted to design the Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm Memorial for the City of Norfolk. Later, as Programming Department Head for the Virginia Air and Space Center/Hampton Roads History Center in Hampton, VA, Richard participated in the opening of that $30 million facility, coordinating permanent exhibit installation, architectural and building details, the initial educational programming, as well as creating the changing exhibit schedule.
Subsequently, Richard held positions as Senior Director of Public Programming at Virginia’s Explore Park, a 1500 acre living history center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and he has served as Executive Director at four history and historic house museums, including the History Museum of Western Virginia, a resident organization of Center in the Square in historic downtown Roanoke. He also led the opening of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, a twenty-eight acre museum campus on the shore of Lake Champlain interpreting the War of 1812. While in these positions, Richard worked with various architects and planners on the conceptual and schematic designs of numerous museum projects, including the planning and opening of the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, a cooperative project with both the National Park Service and Roanoke County.
In addition, Richard had held a variety of responsibilities covering the other critical areas of museum management and operations. These include fundraising and grant writing, special events, educational programming and tours, collections management, marketing, and retail sales. Additional duties have included staff and volunteer management as well as facility operations. DMFAH is fortunate to have found a museum professional such as Richard to help lead the organization through its next critical stages in development. With his guidance, the board of directors will be investigating innovative options for future development.
Richard has moved here with his wife Louise, an educator, writer, and health care professional.
The Gatewood Trail is the result of an amazing spirit of cooperation and collaboration amongst institutions across North Carolina and in Virginia, and it reminds us of Maud Gatewood’s continued relevance in the contemporary visual arts in this region.
You are cordially invited to the Danville Hall of Fame, induction Ceremony for Ronnie Belcher, Saturday, August 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m. in the Danville Museum auditorium.
Ronnie Wayne Belcher was born in Ringgold, Virginia on August 7th, 1941 to Thomas Belcher and Ruby Woodall Belcher who lived at 333 Myrtle Ave of Danville. In high school, he moved to Alabama and enlisted in the Army in August of 1962.
At the start of Belcher’s military career, he went through basic training and was selected in May of 1963 to join the White House Communications Agency serving the President’s and Vice President’s offices. Belcher served at Camp David and Homestead Air Force base where he ran the communications for the presidential retreat home on the base that was used by Nixon and offered to other high powered military officials. A key responsibility was to ensure the President and Vice President could always communicate with each other and the White House. He would travel in advance of the Chief of State to get and secure communications for our government and its officials to keep the leaders of our country in constant connect from 1963-1982. Belcher completed a 19 year career in the White House when most military personnel are rotated out every 6 years, a distinction held by only a few. He began his position with the Kennedy White House and retired with the Regan administration to enjoy civilian life again. He currently resides in California and returns to Danville for family reunions.
The event, which includes a reception, is free and open to the public. Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is located at 975 Main Street. Visit their website, www.danvillemuseum.org, or call (434) 793-5644 for more information.
“A Conversation with Emmet Gowin with Lecture and Slides” will take place Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. Gowin, who’s photography is exhibited in numerous museums worldwide, was recently inducted into the Danville Hall of Fame. Previously a professor at Princeton University, his presentation will be an eye-opening experience into how the artist sees the world through the lens. The handicapped accessible event is free and open to the public in the museum’s auditorium at 975 Main Street, Danville.