Plains Art Museum Names Andrew Maus as Museum Director

andyFargo, N.D. – Plains Art Museum is pleased to announce the selection of Andrew J. Maus as the new Museum Director and CEO. Maus is currently the Executive Director of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minn., and will assume his new duties at Plains Art Museum on January 25, 2016.

“Andrew Maus has demonstrated strong skills across a variety of important disciplines and shows true leadership ability,” said Mark Henze, Chief Financial Officer and interim director at Plains Art Museum. “His vision, energy, and commitment to our community and our region will be tremendous assets and help us continue to expand our connection to the arts and to the people we serve.”

Maus, 36, is originally from Dickinson, N.D., and attended Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art in 2002 and a Master of Science in Public Administration / Nonprofit Management in 2011.

Maus first worked at Plains Art Museum while still in college, and says the experience gave him a deep appreciation for the vital role a museum can play in its community. Upon graduation, he joined The Village Family Service Center in Fargo as Director of Current Giving where he managed fundraising and public relations.

His next job brought him back to Plains Art Museum in a series of roles as Director of Education, Curator of Public Programming, and Curator for the museum from 2006 to 2010. Among many achievements, Maus spearheaded the development of business and program plans for the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, and established an innovative partnership with MSUM for programming in the museum’s Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio.

In 2010 Maus was named to the post he now holds as Executive Director of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM). Under his leadership, MMAM secured funding for two major gallery expansions, increased gallery visitors by 32%, achieved record membership, and received more than $330,000 in grant support for artist programs, education and exhibitions.

“Having worked at Plains Art Museum for more than six years earlier in my career, this is a dream opportunity for me to lead the organization that inspired my love of museums,” said Maus. “It is also an opportunity to return to the community that I consider home. I am eager to begin to work with the philanthropic community, artists, and the museum’s staff and board to make Fargo-Moorhead the economic and cultural center of the Dakotas and Western Minnesota.”

For more information, contact Mark Henze, mhenze@plainsart.org, 701.551.6130.