Muskegon Museum of Art Names New Director

The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) Foundation Board of Trustees has announced that, after an extensive search and interview process, Kirk Hallman, of Muskegon, Michigan has been named to succeed retiring MMA Executive Director Judith Hayner. Hallman will assume full responsibilities as the new Director on October 27, 2017.

Kirk Hallman has served as the MMA’s Development Officer since 2013. He has been responsible for leading successful development and fundraising projects for the MMA in this leadership role. Additionally, he has led marketing and community relationship building efforts and helped to implement exhibition and educational programs in close collaboration with the professional team of staff at the MMA.

Prior to his employment at the MMA, Hallman was the Executive Director of the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering, Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana from 1993 to 2013. He attended Muskegon Community College, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, and has completed additional coursework at the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University.

The MMA Board of Trustees worked with Colleen D. Mitchell of Venture 3 Philanthropy consulting firm of Grand Rapids to design and conduct a national search for a new Director. Fifty-four candidates applied for the position. A Search Committee, headed by Chairman of the Board, Charles Johnson III and comprised of MMA Trustees and community members created a process, conducted telephone screenings with 10 applicants, held 4 candidate interviews and brought back 3 finalists prior to making their choice.

According to Chairman Johnson, “We are proud to name Kirk Hallman as our next Executive Director. We believe the MMA will be well served by Kirk as a result of his hard and productive work as Development Director and positive relationship development throughout our community. Kirk has demonstrated a passion for the MMA and a commitment to advancing our mission and the communities that we serve. He has displayed extensive civic leadership and is a strong and positive collaborator with all our programs and exhibitions. We believe Kirk has a passion for new audience development through membership and visitor growth.”

Hallman comments, “I’m both humbled and excited to move into this new role. Judy Hayner’s tenure at the MMA has left this institution in a remarkable position going forward. With the incredible staff, board, and volunteers of the MMA, I look forward to shaping the next chapter in the Muskegon Museum of Art’s extraordinary century-plus legacy.”

Kirk Hallman resides in Muskegon with his wife Dawn and their youngest daughter. Their older daughter is a junior at the James Madison College at Michigan State University.