March 3, 2004

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KU names arts facilities expert as interim director for KU Spencer Museum of Art

LAWRENCE -- An interim director has been named for the Spencer Museum of Art on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger announced today.

Fred Pawlicki, a recognized arts facilities expert and currently associate director for the Lied Center of Kansas at KU, takes over as interim director of the museum today. He replaces Andrea Norris, who has directed the museum since 1988. Norris is on leave until June 30, when her appointment ends.

"Fred Pawlicki is well-known for his organizational acumen and fiscal experience managing two major public performance facilities in this region," said Shulenburger. "His extraordinary stewardship three years ago as interim executive director and arts presenter for the Lied Center proved invaluable to our successful national search for the Lied director.

"We are fortunate to have as interim director someone with his managerial skills and understanding of the role of public arts facilities."

Pawlicki will work closely with the museum's curators; he will retain a half-time appointment in his current capacity at the Lied Center, Shulenburger said.

A search for a permanent museum director will begin later this year.

"As the principal art collection for the State of Kansas, the Spencer Museum is a cultural treasure for students of all ages, the university faculty and the public," Pawlicki said. "I am honored to serve the museum and its patrons during this transitional period.

"I look forward to working with the very capable and professional staff members of the Spencer Museum and assisting them in their preparation for new vision and leadership."

From 1998 to 2002 Pawlicki served as consultant for the planning, construction and staffing requirements for the $50 million performing arts facility at the University of Missouri in Saint Louis. At KU in 1995-96, he served on the planning committee for Bales Recital Hall.

Pawlicki became director of operations for the Lied Center in 1992. He served as interim executive director in 2000-01 and was named associate director in 2001. Before coming to KU he was director of operations for the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka from 1987 to 1992.

At both the Lied Center and the Expocentre, Pawlicki has held a wide range of responsibilities, from development of personnel plans, facilities-usage and rental guidelines, and security procedures to oversight of all areas of operations. He serves as contract manager for all Lied Series artist contracts and as the primary contact with national and regional promoters.

Pawlicki serves on the boards of directors for several regional, state and local arts organizations and has been active in fund-raising and grant-writing activities for them. A member of the International Association of Assembly Managers, Pawlicki is president of the board of directors for Plains Presenters, a multi-state performing arts presenters consortium.

With more than 25,000 catalogued items, the Spencer Museum is one of the major university art collections in North America. The museum includes 22,473 square feet of exhibition space and houses the Kress Foundation Department of Art History and the 150,000-volume Murphy Art and Architecture Library.


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