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Mark A. Tullos Jr.

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Louisiana State Museum
701 Chartres Street ( On Jackson Square )
New Orleans , Louisiana 70116
United States

Company Description: The Louisiana State Museum is creating an exciting array of public programs, lectures, and other educational opportunities to complement Treasures of Napoléon.

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  • bachelor's degree , fine arts
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Rau Antiques Bill Rau, and Mark ..., 18 May 2015 [cached]
Rau Antiques Bill Rau, and Mark Tullos, Director of the Louisiana State Museum.
"The Henry Clay Armoire is probably one of the most important pieces of 19th century furniture in America," said Mark Tullos, Director of the Louisiana State Museum.
Louisiana Museums - Council, 16 Nov 2012 [cached]
Mark Tullos Director Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum,
Approaching the end of his second ..., 16 Mar 2013 [cached]
Approaching the end of his second month on the job, Mark Tullos still bubbles with enthusiasm when talking about his role as director of the Louisiana State Museum. Calling the post a professional and personal "dream come true," he said recently: "We've got to succeed in the biggest way because Louisiana deserves it."
The question is whether the financial and political realities he must confront will let him do so.
Tullos, a Baton Rouge native, was named the museum system's director in December by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, becoming the fourth person to hold the job in less than five years.
After beginning work in late January, Tullos said, he spent much of his time getting to know his 80 employees and the five boards of directors he must work with, and familiarizing himself with the system's sprawling holdings: the Cabildo, Presbytere, Lower Pontalba Building, Old U.S. Mint and other historic buildings in the French Quarter; a museum near the Capitol building in Baton Rouge; museums in Patterson and Thibodaux; and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, due to open this summer in Natchitoches.
Tullos has been a museum executive for more than 27 years, serving as director of institutions in Waco, Texas; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Alexandria, La.; Ocean Springs, Miss.; and Lufkin, Texas; before becoming director of the Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2005. Although most of his jobs have been at art museums, he said, he has worked with all types of institutions, including history and science collections.
He laid out an extremely ambitious agenda of goals for his tenure. After the immediate task of getting the Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches open, he said, he wants to turn his attention to the system's New Orleans facilities, looking for ways to use the spaces more effectively and to attract more people into them.
He would like to expand the Cabildo's exhibits on Louisiana's history, which now run only through Reconstruction, to bring the story into the 20th century. He'd like to do more on New Orleans history and the role the Mississippi River played in it.
The Mint will continue to focus on Louisiana music; plans call for spending nearly $4 million there, which Tullos will have to raise from private donors or the state. But the museum has had to struggle mightily to find major donors for past projects. And at a time when the state is cutting support for healthcare and higher education and when the museum's own budget has been reduced in recent years, it remains to be seen whether Tullos' argument that paying for the Mint project would be a smart "investment in tourism" will fly with the administration or legislators in Baton Rouge.
Tullos also wants to increase promotional efforts, to ramp up digitization of the museum's collections so more of the objects will be available for viewing and study on the Internet, to establish a major endowment to fund new exhibits, to find appropriate ways to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans in 2015 and the city's 300th birthday in 2018. And some of the system's buildings need expensive repairs.
He said he is confident he has a strong backer in Dardenne, who as lieutenant governor oversees the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, of which the museum system is a part. Dardenne, he said, is a "passionate supporter" of the museum. But the lieutenant governor does not determine how much money the state will give to the system each year, and in any case Dardenne may very well leave his job in three years.
Robert Wheat, the museum's deputy director, served as acting director for two years after Rykels' departure before Tullos finally was hired.
Artist, 3 July 2009 [cached]
Mark A. Tullos Jr.
Mark A. Tullos Jr. was born on January 19, 1961 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but has roots in Grant Parish, Louisiana. He was educated at LSU and had attended Stephen F. Austin State University graduate school in Nacogdoches, Texas. After ten years in the museum field at The Alexandria [Louisiana] Museum of Art and The Museum of East Texas [Lufkin, Texas], where he was executive director, Mark A. Tullos Jr. and family joined WAMA in November 1990. In Lufkin, he ran a capital campaign, which raised $1.1 million dollars for additional building and remodeling the facility. Mark is married to Susan Browning of Pass Christian, Mississippi. (The Ocean Springs Record, November 1, 1990, p. 1)
Mark A. Tullos Jr. left WAMA in 1993 for the The Alexandria [Louisiana] Museum of Art where he was named executive director. In December 2005, he is deputy director of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Mark A. Tullos Jr.
Mark A Tullos, Jr., presently the Interim Director of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has served as Director for art museums and visual arts organizations for the past 21 years. Before returning to Louisiana in 2003, he was Executive Director of The Art Center, Waco, Texas and The Robert and Mary Montgomery Armory Art Center, Florida. He has also served as director for other museums in the south including the Alexandria Museum of Art located in Alexandria, Louisiana (Accredited by the AAM). Under his eight-year administration, the Alexandria Museum of Art completed a six million dollar campaign for the expansion of museum facilities and the creation of a larger operations endowment. The new 21,500 sq. ft. facility located in central Louisiana, opened March 7, 1998.
Tullos also served as the founding director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and the Executive Director of The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin, Texas. Each underwent major capital campaigns and facility expansion under his direction. Tullos has also served as curator and juror for a number of exhibitions of contemporary art over the past two decades. In 1995, he was the recipient of the Nancy Hanks Memorial Award for Professional Excellence given by the American Association of Museums, Washington, DC. The Nancy Hanks Award is designed to recognize one museum professional each year that demonstrates outstanding professional excellence. The award is named after the late chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, (NEA). He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University, and has conducted graduate studies at Stephen F. Austin State University. In 1999, he completed the intense three-week Museum Management Institute conducted by the Getty on the campus of University of California, Berkeley.
He has served as a member of the advisory board for the Museum Loan Network at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the honors committee of the American Association of Museums (AAM), a panelist for the National Museum Service Board, and a peer reviewer for A.A.M., Institute of Museum and Library Services and the state arts commissions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida. Tullos also is active as a field reviewer for the Accreditation and Museum Assessment programs of the American Association of Museums. In the community, he serves as President of the Lafayette Parish Library Control Board, the Treasurer for the Louisiana Association of Museums and an Elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Lafayette.
The Ocean Springs Record, "Museum of art hires executive director [Mark Tullos]", November 1, 1990.
"The main goal in designing exhibits ..., 1 July 2013 [cached]
"The main goal in designing exhibits and selecting artifacts was to inspire people, especially young people, to think about greatness," Louisiana State Museum System Director Mark Tullos said.
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