New head of Newark Museum announced

January 21, 2014 by  

The chairwoman of the Newark Museum, Arlene Lieberman, and president, Andrew Richards, recently announced that executive director of the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, Steven Kern, will become the next chief executive and director of the Newark Museum. No doubt the Museum is keeping poster printing companies busy in making the community aware of this appointment.

Kern follows in the footsteps of Mary Sue Sweeny Price, who headed the Museum for the past 20 years and retired in May.

The selection of Kern was due to his experience in Syracuse, where he was known as an excellent communicator who appeared on, and hosted, television programs on the arts and wrote a column for the local newspaper. He was also able to establish strategic relationships with heritage organizations and historical associations with schools in the city.

Kern said in an interview that he believes museums are for everyone and can provide entertainment while also being educational in nature. At the Everson in Syracuse, Kern was responsible for the Urban Art Project, which put objects from the Museum’s collection in different parts of the city.

According to Nancy Cantor, chancellor at Syracuse University who worked with Kern while he was at the Everson, Kern is thoughtful and smart and knows how to collaborate with people.

Kern holds a bachelor’s degree in French language and literature and another in art history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, as well as a Master’s degree in the history of art from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.