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Oliver Barker. Photo: Jason Grow. 
Oliver Barker. Photo: Jason Grow. 

Cape Ann Museum Appoints Oliver Barker Director

The Cape Ann Museum (CAM) in Gloucester, Massachusetts, announced today that Oliver Barker has been appointed its new director. Barker will succeed Ronda Faloon, who is retiring after serving as executive director since 2006, and will take up the post on April 1.

Barker will work closely with CAM’s board of directors on the museum’s 2018–23 strategic plan, which proposes an expansion and renovation project, including the building of the new Collections and Curatorial Center to store the institution’s holdings. Commenting on the hire, board president Charles Esdaile said: “I am confident that Oliver’s unique combination of world class museum leadership experience and deep local knowledge will help to guide CAM through our next phase of growth.”

Born and raised in Melbourne, Barker has more than twenty years of experience working in the art world. He comes to CAM from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he served as manager, foundation, government, and international relations. Previously, he worked as curator and projects director for the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and as director of education and visitor services at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

“I am thrilled to join CAM at this important time in its history,” Barker said. “CAM has a critical role to play in our community, and I greatly look forward to working with the museum’s talented staff, dedicated board, volunteers and members to realize the museum’s vision of continuing to strengthen its relevance in the Cape Ann community and becoming one of the finest regional museums in the United States.”