native of Huntsville becomes Associate Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art

The Birmingham Museum of Art has announced the appointment of a new Deputy Director. Beginning January 17, Chantal Drake will take over the role of Deputy Director of the Museum from James Milton and Sallie R. Johnson.

Drake will be with Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, director of R. Hugh Daniel at the Birmingham Museum of Art, “to develop strategies and organizational structures to carry out the museum’s mission and implement the vision and strategic plan,” the BMA said in a press release .

Drake’s responsibilities also include overseeing various museum departments, managing day-to-day operations and maintaining relationships with government and community partners.

“We are delighted to welcome Chantal to our leadership team at the Birmingham Museum of Art,” Boettcher said in the same press release. “Chantal’s extensive fundraising and marketing experience in the visual arts will help drive our ambitious goals and objectives as we work to execute a new strategic plan.”

Drake previously served as Director of Development and Communications at Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee, a role she has held since 2019. In that role, she oversaw Dixon’s public relations and marketing strategies, as well as the museum’s fundraising. Membership and Corporate Partnership Programs. She also helped develop and steer policies to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion in Dixon’s programming, audience development and governance. She previously served as Director of Communications and Communications Associate for the Dixon and as an Associate Professor at the Memphis College of Art.

A native of Huntsville, Chantal holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s degree in art history with a certificate in museum studies from the University of Memphis. In 2019 she graduated from the Getty Leadership Institute program.

“My love of museums began at the Birmingham Museum of Art,” Drake said in the press release of her appointment. “I am honored to now join the organization that has had such a huge impact on me and my career. I look forward to working with leadership on BMA’s established direction and strengthening ties with the Birmingham community.”


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