New director wants to make Museum of Ventura County a downtown cultural destination
Ventura County Star | 4/11/2013

The Museum of Ventura County, which collects and displays art and artifacts from the county’s past and present, took a step into the future today with the introduction of its new executive director.

The museum’s new leader is Myron Freedman, a veteran of art and historical museums in Chicago, St. Louis and the San Francisco Bay Area. His first public appearance as executive director came in the museum’s new event center, before a small crowd of board members and other community leaders.

Until Freedman started on the job this week, the museum hadn’t had a permanent executive director since Tim Schiffer left more than nine months ago. Robin Woodworth served as interim executive director.

Schiffer led the museum through a $3.5 million expansion that included the new event center and a plaza just outside. The museum also opened a satellite facility in Santa Paula, devoted to agricultural history.

Freedman said the museum’s new facilities and its new status as a focal point downtown are part of what attracted him to the job. He also spoke highly of the library’s wealth of historical artifacts.

“What drew me to the institution was seeing the resources we have here, particularly in the library and research center. We are working to grow as a cultural destination here downtown,” he said.

That growth could include more construction. Richard Pidduck, the chairman of the museum’s board, said the addition of the plaza and event center in 2010 was the first phase of the board’s expansion plans. The board also wants to double the museum’s exhibit space, though it must first raise the money to do so.

Freedman, Pidduck said, “has a vision, and his vision seemed very close to ours. We want to expand the ability of our museum to serve the community.”

Freedman, 53, is a Southern California native with a background in theater and set design. He moved to the museum world in the 1980s at the Chicago History Museum, and later served as a curator at historical museums in St. Louis. While at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial — a national park that includes St. Louis’ Gateway Arch — he developed a major exhibit on the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark’s westward exploration.

From 2008 until a few weeks ago, Freedman was executive director of the Hayward Area Historical Society, a historical museum in the Bay Area. He lived in the East Bay suburb of Walnut Creek, where his wife and 17-year-old daughter will probably stay for a few months, until their daughter finishes high school.

Freedman described his philosophy toward museums as “exhibition is a medium.” In other words, an arrangement of art and historical objects should be seen as a coherent work of art.

“An exhibition is an experience, like an artwork, like a theater piece,” he said. “The purpose of it is to communicate an idea.”

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