Oklahoma City Art Museum Names Carolyn Hill Director

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The Oklahoma City Art Museum board of directors has hired Carolyn Hill as its museum director effective Monday.

Hill is a native of Oklahoma City who formerly operated a private art gallery in New York City.

The contract of Jean Cassels Hagman, executive director since Sept. 14, 1992, was terminated Monday, said Dr. Joe Howell, president of the board.

Howell declined to comment on any reasons for the termination of Hagman's contract.

Hagman was hired following a 1-year search by the Oklahoma City Art Museum board for a director. She came to the museum from Georgetown, Texas. She formerly was director of the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas, for five years.

Howell said Hill was one of four interviewed since Monday to fill the position. The board approved her appointment after a meeting with her Wednesday night.

He cited her many years of experience working with organizations and individuals in all areas of the arts and her expertise in the business aspects fundamental to arts organizations.

Hill has owned and operated Carolyn Hill Fine Art Inc., a gallery operation she founded in New York City, since 1984.

Hill has arranged two major international art shows and brought well-known artists to Oklahoma City since returning from New York City in 1993. She has curated more than 100 international art exhibitions in the past 12 years.

"Besides their great beauty and entertainment value, the arts are essential for our international society," Hill said.

"They cause us to broaden our horizons, to temper and humanize our relationships, and if we let them, they will help us toward understandings that will allow us to enter the 21st century as one world," she said. …