Organizational Restructuring Leads to New Positions and Promotions at the Akron Art Museum
For Release: September 2008
Akron, Ohio, September 10, 2008 — With the new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008 came staffing changes within the Akron Art Museum, both in the form of newly created positions and internal promotions.
Gail E. Wild, museum administrator since 1999, has been named Chief Operating Officer, a newly created position. Her responsibilities include accounting and financial duties, human resource and information system management. She will also supervise the exhibition design, business, facilities and security departments, as well as the museum store and café. Wild received her M.B.A. from The University of Akron in 1987 and has worked in health care and medical practice management in the past.
Completely new to the museum this year is the creation of the Marketing Communications department. Hired to head the new department was Elizabeth M. Wilson, named Director of Marketing Communication. In her new position Wilson will develop and coordinate the implementation of all aspects of the museum’s marketing and communications program. She most recently served as the Director of Marketing Communications at Barberton Citizens Hospital, and has also worked in public relations/advertising positions at both Tangier Restaurant and Carousel Dinner Theatre.
Reporting to Wilson is new Communications Assistant Lindsey Gainer. Gainer is responsible for editing the museum’s publications and e-newsletter, maintaining the website and writing/distributing press releases. She recently graduated from Malone College in December 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts. Prior to graduating Gainer was Editor-In-Chief of Malone’s student newspaper, The Aviso, and interned in Diebold’s Corporate Communications department from 12/06 – 12/07.
Arnold Tunstall, museum registrar since 1994, was promoted to Collections Manager. In his expanded role, Tunstall manages all artwork that enters and leaves the museum and supervises the museum’s library and archives. Currently Tunstall is creating an online database that will feature all of the artwork in the museum. He has been involved with the Akron Art Museum since 1985 when he began working as a student, returning after his graduate studies in photography in 1991.
Allison Tillinger Schmid was promoted to the new position of Assistant Curator. In her position Tillinger Schmid will help organize exhibitions from the collection and outside sources as well as assist in coordinating traveling exhibitions hosted by the museum. She is also responsible for the McDowell Galleries and also gives lectures and gallery talks. In 2002 she received degrees in history and art history from The University of Akron and completed her master’s thesis in art history from George Washington
University in 2006. Tillinger Schmid has been with the museum since 2000, when she served as a tour guide.
Gina Thomas, the new Assistant Educator, comes to the Akron Art Museum as a graduate from Mount Union College, where she earned her degree in art history. While in school she was given the opportunity to study art and architecture at the University of Turin in Italy. In this full-time position, Thomas works to organize educational tours as well as assist with developing child and family programs that focus on community outreach.