Effective October 31, 2017, Museum operations will be led by Acting Co-Executive Directors Nina Garlington and Craig Langlois, as Executive Director Van Shields prepares to undergo major surgery and be out on medical leave.
Nina Garlington brings to the Berkshire Museum deep experience and success in building support for the arts in the region. As the museum’s Co-Acting Executive Director, Nina most recently served as Chief Engagement Officer and was a core member of the senior leadership team setting the New Vision for Berkshire Museum. As Chief Engagement Officer, Nina is responsible for creating and implementing fundraising plans and programs to support the museum, raising more than $1 million annually, and to direct communications to promote the museum. She has been on the Berkshire Museum staff for more than five years. A long time resident of the Berkshires, Nina has provided strategic and fundraising leadership to Berkshire United Way, the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, as well as the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. She and her husband Peter and their daughter live in Pittsfield.
Craig Langlois has devoted his professional life to developing innovative educational experiences in the arts as a teacher and a curator. Now Co-Acting Director, as the museum’s Chief Experience Officer and during nearly a decade of service to the museum in other roles, Craig, who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree, has created and implemented a wide variety of programs and exhibitions at the Berkshire Museum. A member of the museum’s senior leadership team, Craig has been and continues to contribute to setting the museum’s New Vision. Craig is active as a community leader as well, working with local nonprofit organizations and schools to strengthen education and expand learning in the region. Craig lives in Lee with his wife Katherine and their son.
Fiduciary matters will remain in the hands of the Board of Trustees. “We wish Van a swift and complete recovery. In his absence, trustees and the Museum’s dedicated and experienced management team, led by Nina and Craig, are well-prepared to keep the museum on course with its current operations and New Vision plan,” said Elizabeth McGraw, President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.
Mr. Shields is expected to be on leave through approximately the end of the year.