Liz McIntosh took over at the end of July as the new executive director of the GumTree Museum of Art in Tupelo. Her predecessor, Kit Stafford, left to return to teaching. She recently answered questions about her new role from the Daily Journal’s Sheena Barnett.
Q. You previously worked at the University Museum at Ole Miss. What did you learn there that you can apply to the GumTree Museum?
A. My work at the University Museum gave me insight into the many different aspects of how a museum functions on a daily basis. The University Museum has access to resources of the University. The GumTree Museum is an independent, nonprofit that is supported by sponsors and grants. However, both require building strong and supportive relationships with members and the community. I see my role during this first year as one of getting to know people and utilizing the extensive resources this community has to offer.
Q. What are some of GumTree Museum’s biggest challenges, and how do you plan to meet them?
A. Basic funding for all non-profits is an ongoing challenge. However, the work of members of the board and Guild have greatly impacted the momentum and growth of the museum which I am fortunate to build on.
Q. Who are some of your favorite artists or styles of art?
A. This is hard because I love a lot of different artists and styles. I have always loved impressionism, especially the work of Claude Monet. I also love the portraits of still lifes, landscapes, and figures of artist Jason Bouldin. Photography is another love of mine, specifically the work of Dorothea Lange.