The Art Complex Museum
Julia Courtney appointed Collections Curator
Julia Courtney is the new Collections Curator at the Art Complex Museum (ACM) in Duxbury, MA.
Director Charles Weyerhaeuser announced the appointment of Julia Courtney as its new Collections Curator, effective August 16, 2018. She will oversee the 8,000-piece permanent collection of the ACM, built by museum founders Carl and Edith Weyerhaeuser. "After a national search, we are delighted to have found Julia, who brings several decades of experience working with permanent collections and producing publications," said Search Committee chair Andy Bentinck-Smith.
Julia Courtney comes to this position after more than 20 years at the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts, a consortium of 5 museums where she served as the curator for the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum and the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to her curatorial work, Courtney spent more than a decade as education coordinator for the Springfield Museums. She has published two books on museums and legal issues, Legal Issues for Museum Professionals (2015) and Is it Okay to Sell the Monet? Responsible Deaccessioning for Museums (2018). She is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate Museum Studies program at at Tufts University, where she currently teaches a course in curatorial collections management.
Courtney has an MA in Museum Studies from the Harvard University Extension Program and an MEd from Leslie University. Her position at the ACM is a new one, augmenting the existing curatorial and education staff.
"I'm excited to work with a collection that includes American painting, Shaker furniture, European and American prints and Japanese ceramics, to find new contexts in which to tell stories about the artworks and the family that collected them."