Director, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
Myriam Springuel has been director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) since October 2015 after serving as interim director since February 2014. She leads the oldest traveling exhibition program in the world. For more than 65 years SITES has been the Smithsonian’s main exhibits ambassador beyond Washington, D.C. Current exhibitions range from “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” featuring the command module Columbia from the National Air and Space Museum, to “Water/Ways,” an exhibition from Museum on Main Street (MoMS). A collaboration with state humanities councils, MoMS brings cultural resources and develops capacity around small exhibitions in rural communities across the nation.
Since June 2017, Springuel has also served as interim director of Smithsonian Affiliations, a national outreach program with more than 200 museum partners across the United States and in Puerto Rico and Panama. Each Affiliate shares Smithsonian exhibitions, lectures and public programs for adults and youth in their community, helping extend the reach of the Smithsonian across the nation.
This is a return to the Smithsonian for Springuel who served as director of education and later associate director for programs at SITES from 1986 to 1994. Before SITES, she curated fine arts exhibitions and developed education programs at The Ringling in Sarasota, Fla. After leaving SITES, she founded Springuel Consulting to help museums and cultural organizations respond to change and prepare for the future with clarity about their mission and priorities. Springuel developed strategic plans with large and small museums and provided board and leadership training. Through the Florida Association of Museums, she led a major collections-care training initiative—funded by several Institute for Museum and Library Services grants—in which mentor and mentee organizations worked together in a structured environment to develop new emergency and collections plans for their museum, library or archive.
Springuel received a master’s degree in art history from the University of Maryland and graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University.
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