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Joseph T. Ruzicka

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Board Member

Phone: (727) ***-****  HQ Phone
Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Drive Ne
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles. The...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • master's degree
    Institute of Fine Arts at New York University
  • bachelor's degree , art history
    University of Wisconsin
  • doctorate
    Institute of Fine Arts at New York University
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Web References
Washington County Commissioners Meeting Minutes
www.washco-md.net, 12 April 2005 [cached]
Joseph Ruzicka, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, met with the Commissioners to provide an update on the lake front garden project they plan to create this year in front of the Museum. Mr. Ruzicka distributed copies of the design concept. He informed the Commissioners that Howard and Ann Kaylor have underwritten the project and the City will provide in-kind services. He thanked Ted Wolford, Highway Superintendent, and his crew for supplying the labor to install the drainage system under the lawn. Mr. Ruzicka stated that the garden would be open each day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and also during special events taking place in City Park.
Art exhibit honors Hagerstown baseball - OurSports Central
www.oursportscentral.com, 31 Mar 2005 [cached]
Joseph Ruzicka, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, added, "Baseball is such an integral part of the history of our community.
IPCNY News
ipcny.org [cached]
The members of the Selections Committee were: Brooke Alexander, publisher; Dudley Del Balso, artists' representative and Trustee, IPCNY; Carin Kuoni, independent curator; Liliana Porter, artist and professor, Queens College, New York City; Suzanne Randolph, fine art advisor; and Joseph Ruzicka, head of the Association of Art Museum Curators, New York City .
The Herald-Mail ONLINE
www.herald-mail.com, 16 Aug 2004 [cached]
Joseph Ruzicka, hired recently as executive director of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, said he hopes to expand existing art classes for children.He has also begun planning a celebration of the museum's 75th anniversary in 2006.
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HAGERSTOWN - As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, Joseph Ruzicka was on the road to becoming a doctor.
"I never intended to go into art history," Ruzicka said."I was on a pre-med track.Then one year, I took a Renaissance to modern art class and that was it."
The "it" was an insatiable desire to pursue a professional career in art history and museum work.Looking back on his life, Ruzicka said his early childhood also played a role in his decision to switch career paths.A family tradition helped lay the foundation for his career in art.
"Going to museums and going to the opera, it was part of how my parents brought us up," said Ruzicka, who grew up in northern New Jersey."It was very natural.It was just part of life."
After an eight-month search, the museum's board of trustees hired Ruzicka to take over as director of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on July 1.He replaces Jean Woods, who resigned on July 31, 2003, after 21 years.
Search committee chairman and museum board President Spence Perry said he and other board members are excited about Ruzicka's enthusiasm and future plans, which include concentrating heavily on reaching out to the community.
Ruzicka said he hopes to expand existing art classes for children and as he builds relationships with community members, he hopes to increase financial support and attendance at the museum.
He spent the last two years as executive administrator of the Association of Art Museum Curators in New York.
He earned a bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin in 1982.He also earned a master's degree and a doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.He has held positions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, N.Y.He also worked at the Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin.
Now a museum director for the first time, Ruzicka said his first priority is to revise museum policies about existing collections.Within the next year, he and the museum's collection committee will develop a new policy.
In 2006, the museum will reach a major milestone.
"The biggest thing is planning for the 75th anniversary," he said.
Ruzicka is planning several events that will celebrate the museum's history and its role in the community for the last three-quarters of a century.Jim DeYoung, a senior conservator with the Milwaukee Art Museum, describes Ruzicka as a team player.
The Herald-Mail ONLINE
www.herald-mail.com, 16 April 2004 [cached]
Joseph T. Ruzicka, executive administrator of the Association of Art Museum Curators in New York, will become the museum's director effective July 1, according to a statement from the trustees.He replaces former curator Jean Woods, who served as the museum's director for 21 years before retiring last July.
Ruzicka holds a bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master's degree and a doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.He has held research and curator positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in the New York City area, and at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, N.Y. and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Ruzicka has written more than two dozen books and essays for art publications and has organized more than a dozen travel and loan exhibitions.
"I am absolutely delighted that the museum's board of trustees has selected me as the next director," Ruzicka said in a statement."The building is an ideal and inviting space in which to look at art, and the collection has many great strengths - the envy of any director."
Following a national search conducted by Connecticut-based Management Consultants for the Arts, the museum trustees voted unanimously to offer Ruzicka the position, museum President Spence Perry said.
He said Ruzicka's plans for integrating the museum "into the life of Washington County and the Cumberland Valley on a broad front" gave him the edge over other candidates.
Perry said Ruzicka, who grew up in Baltimore, made two trips to Hagerstown to meet with the board, "and when he came back, he came back armed with some potential initiatives" the board liked.
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"My hope is that the museum becomes the place that everyone feels they must visit, the major institution in the cultural life of the region," Ruzicka said.
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