Andrew Wulf Named Director of New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors
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January 15, 2015
(Santa Fe, NM – January 15, 2015) – The Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce Andrew James Wulf, Ph.D has been appointed to lead the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of Governors. Dr. Wulf will commence his duties as Executive Director beginning in April. The appointment is the result of a national search conducted by the Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents, which recommended top finalists to Secretary of Cultural Affairs Veronica Gonzales, and the Office of Governor Susana Martinez for their consideration.
For the last 12 years, Dr. Wulf has served as a senior creative museum professional at international institutions, spending the past five years as the Supervisory Museum Curator at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California, part of the U.S. National Archives. Wulf helped guide the $12 million renovation of the Reagan Museum, which houses more than 63,000 artifacts and averages half a million visitors per year.
“After a long and thorough search, Dr. Wulf brings both national stature and a wealth of experience in museum management,” said Secretary Gonzales. “From strategy to planning to the realization of the final goal, Dr. Wulf has collaborated with domestic and overseas cultural partners, managed budgets for complex productions, and cultivated funding partners with boards and foundations for all aspects of museum development.”
In addition to his work at the Reagan Library and Museum, Wulf has also held museum professional positions at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Skirball Museum and Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California’s Fisher Museum of Art and Special Collections.
At each of these institutions, Dr. Wulf has served in key roles to supervise, produce and sponsor a wide array of events, while promoting civic and cultural literacy through museum programming, publishing books and articles on global arts and humanities, and integrating the use of digital media tools and platforms in the museum setting.
Dr. Wulf has broad historical passions, including the Cold War, medieval studies, and industrial design. His new book, U.S. International Exhibitions During the Cold War: Winning Hearts and Minds through Cultural Diplomacy (Rowan and Littlefield) was released today.
“I am grateful and eager to assume the role of Executive Director of both, New Mexico’s oldest museum, the Palace of the Governors, and New Mexico’s newest museum, the NM History Museum,” he said. “My passion for Southwestern culture is predicated on my identity as a Southwestern person growing up in Los Angeles and celebrating events like the Day of the Dead with my wife and daughter. Besides learning everything I can about the museum, I’ll be exploring the state and its communities. I see this museum as a witness to statewide community stories, and I would like to get to know those stories firsthand as soon as I can.”
Dr. Wulf holds multiple bachelor and master degrees, including an M.A. in Art History from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. In summer 2014, he graduated from the prestigious Getty Leadership Institute’s residency management program for museum executives.
The Department of Cultural Affairs is New Mexico’s cultural steward and is charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, eight historic sites, arts, archaeology, historic preservation and library programs, the department is one of the largest and most diverse state cultural agencies in the nation. Together, its facilities, programs, and services support a $5.6 billion art and cultural industry in New Mexico.
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