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Monday, October 13, 2008

Official Release: BMFA Selects Horn as Executive Director

Art Museum selects Barry Horn
Barry Horn accepts role of top executive at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, effective January 1, 2009

October 12, 2008
(Brownsville, Texas) – After conducting an extensive national search, the Board of Directors of the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art (BMFA) is pleased to announce that it has named Barry Horn to be the museum’s next Executive Director. Mr. Horn is a dynamic community leader with a highly impressive track record as a senior administrator and award‐winning development officer.

As Executive Director of the BMFA, Mr. Horn will be responsible for overseeing a broad scope of work. Mr. Horn’s duties will include leading the Board of Directors and staff to expand the BMFA’s cultural and educational role in the region; implementing effective marketing plans to expand the museum’s audience base; developing affiliations with appropriate regional institutions; monitoring the museum’s budgets and reporting requirements; and communicating regularly with the community about the growth and advancement of the BMFA.

During his career, Mr. Horn has served in both the private and public sectors. For fifteen years, Mr. Horn worked in the Houston television industry, where he became a household name. In 1995, Mr. Horn returned to his native Rio Grande Valley, where he began his work in the non‐profit sector. From 1996 until 2000, Mr. Horn further demonstrated his leadership and creative talents while serving as Executive Director of the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. During that time, Mr. Horn successfully quadrupled the Orchestra’s operating budget and doubled its annual attendance rates.

In 2000, Mr. Horn joined the administration at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (UTB/TSC), where he has been responsible for developing a wide range of programs, such as the UTB/TSC Arts and Entertainment Season, the Annual Fund, Distinguished Lecture Series, Steinway Series, Symphony in the Park, and others.

“I can’t adequately express how excited I am that Barry Horn has accepted our offer to serve as the next executive director of the BMFA. The BMFA Search Committee received many excellent applications from all across the county, but Barry was our top choice. There is no doubt in my mind that Barry will propel the BMFA to a whole new level of excellence,” said Eddie Knebel, President of the BMFA Board of Directors.

Mr. Horn’s acceptance of the new Executive Director’s position comes right on the heels of the BMFA’s annual signature exhibition and gala. This year, the BMFA is proud to feature a blockbuster exhibition entitled “Dorothy Hood: A Pioneer Modernist." The late Dorothy Hood was a preeminent Abstract Expressionist painter whose work was embraced for much of the 20th century by Mexico and the United States. Dorothy Hood is regarded in the art world as a pioneer artist for her exceptional use of intense color and daring techniques.

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend an exclusive media event at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art on Tuesday, October 14, at 10:00 AM. Incoming Executive Director, Barry Horn, will join BMFA curator Dr. Jennifer Cahn and several museum Directors for an open forum about Mr. Horn’s new position and the strategic direction of the BMFA. Media attendees will also be treated to a behind‐the‐scenes tour of the stunning Dorothy Hood exhibition organized by the Art Museum of South Texas in partnership with the BMFA. Refreshments will be provided.

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Media Contact: George Farish
Media Contact Tel: (956) 346‐1100

About the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art (BMFA) was founded in 1935 and is a dynamic visual art institution in the Gulf Coast region. The museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events and programs to augment its permanent collection of regional and North American artworks. The BMFA is located at 660 East Ringgold Street at East Sixth Street in the Mitte Cultural District of downtown Brownsville. Museum hours are 10 AM – 4 PM, Tuesdays; 10 AM – 8 PM, Wednesdays; 10 AM – 4 PM Thursday through Saturday. Free admission is offered on Wednesdays after 5:00 PM. For more information about upcoming events, please call (956) 542‐0941 or visit


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Horn should make it his goal to depend less on city funds.

Patricia A.

Monday, October 13, 2008  

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