Huntsville native to join Birmingham Museum of Art as deputy director

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

Drake will work alongside Dr Graham C. Boettcher, Director R. Hugh Daniel of 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 will 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 statement. “Chantal’s extensive fundraising and marketing experience in the visual arts will help us propel our ambitious goals and objectives as we work to realize a new strategic plan.

Drake previously served as director of development and communications at Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee, a position she had held since 2019. In this office, she managed the Dixon’s public relations and marketing strategies, as well as fundraising, membership and corporate partnership programs of the museum. She also helped develop and lead policies to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion in the Dixon’s programming, audience development and governance. Previously, she worked as Director of Communications and Communications Associate for the Dixon, as well as Adjunct Professor at Memphis College of Art.

Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, 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 certification in museum studies from the University of Memphis. She completed the Getty Leadership Institute program in 2019.

“My love of museums began at the Birmingham Museum of Art,” Drake said in the press release of his nomination. “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 leaders on the established direction of the BMA and to strengthening links with the Birmingham community.


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