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May 18, 2022
Fuller Craft Museum Appoints Erin McGough as Exec. Director
Erin Mc Gough
Erin McGough

January 2, 2022 — The Fuller Craft Museum, a Brockton nonprofit that focuses on contemporary art, recently announced the appointment of Erin McGough as its new executive director.

McGough, who will assume her duties on Monday, succeeds Denise LeBlanc, who was with the Fuller Craft Museum seven years, serving as executive director for the last three years until her retirement.

McGough was chosen after “a national search for somebody with a terrific operating background and somebody who would take the museum forward as a leader in contemporary craft,” Annie Rosen, board chair of the museum, told The Boston Globe.

The museum said McGough will be responsible for expanding its audience, engaging the community, and increasing its donor base, as well as developing the next strategic plan to launch in 2023.

McGough also will be charged with increasing the museum’s visibility, attendance, growth, and community impact, as well as developing the board and overseeing the museum’s exhibitions, collections, and educational programs.

Prior to joining the museum, McGough spent nearly a decade at the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society, including the last seven years as executive director. Prior to that, she worked at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Concord Museum.

McGough earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, criticism, and conservation from The College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts degree in art history, criticism, conservation, and museum studies from Tufts University.

Under LeBlanc’s leadership, the museum Increased revenue by more than 65%, completed a strategic planning process and made several capital improvements, including installing a new elevator and repairing windows. It also expanded the board of directors, now numbering 14, and ended fiscal 2020 and 2021 “with substantial financial surpluses that will support continued expansion in the future.

The strong revenue picture follows implementation of a new “pay what you choose” admissions policy. While free to Brockton residents, admission is by donation for all guests, with $12 suggested.

Rosen told The Globe that the new policy was intended to reduce barriers to access to the museum during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We tried another way,” she was quoted, “to allow visitors to use discretion and contribute. The museum was able to be a better refuge to folks during the pandemic when they felt so isolated and missing the arts.”

The museum was established in 1969 as the Brockton Art Center-Fuller Memorial. The museum eventually renamed to The Fuller Museum of Art and began collecting artwork in every medium. In 2004, the museum changed again to Fuller Craft Museum to focus solely on collecting contemporary craft, which is rooted in the creation of functional objects and dates back roughly to the end of World War II.

For the year ending June 30, 2020, the museum reported $1.5 million in revenue, of which $1.3 million came from contributions and grants, and $1.4 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal financial information filing.

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