November 17, 2020
12pm- 1pm EST 
What is the purpose of museums today? How do museums meet their sustainable, ethical, political, social, cultural challenges and responsibilities in the 21st century? Do museums reflect the accountability and transparency under which they are expected to acquire and use their material, financial, social and intellectual resources? 
Elaine Heumann Gurian, Senior Museum Consultant 
Tom Loughman, Director and CEO, Wadsworth Athenaeum of Art, Co-Chair, ICOM-US 
Rick West, President and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West, ICOM-US Board Member 
Alejandra Peña Gutiérrez, Executive Director, Museo de Arte de Ponce,  ICOM-US Executive Committee 
Kate Quinn, Executive Director, James A. Michener Art Museum, ICOM-US Executive Committee

ICOM-US Members can view the recording here. 


Elaine Heumann Gurian
Elaine Heumann Gurian, is a consultant/advisor to museums and visitor centers that are beginning, building or reinventing themselves. Gurian writes, speaks and teaches about museums and inclusion around the world. She was awarded the Distinguished Service to Museums Award in 2004. 

Tom Loughman
Thomas J. Loughman is the Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. He assumed the role of the 11th Director at the Wadsworth Atheneum in February 2016, just months after the institution completed a major renovation. Previously he served as the Associate Director at Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, (2008-2016) as well as in a variety of curatorial, research and teaching roles in the field.

Dr. Loughman is a scholar of Italian art and has lectured and published particularly on the art, architecture, patronage, and urbanism in early renaissance Florence. Additionally, he has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues on artists as diverse as Claude Monet, Jéan-Leon Gérôme, Jusepe de Ribera, and Nicolas Poussin. As a curator, he has spearheaded a number of projects highlighting Baroque art in Naples, printmaking in twentieth century Philadelphia, a focus on sculptors as draftsmen, ancient bronzes from China, as well as the global tour of the Clark’s core collection. Other initiatives have focused on creating a corpus of early Italian paintings and the American Southwest, a course on Giotto Di Bondone, and an exhibition and related catalogue examining Sterling Clark’s career as a military officer and explorer in late Imperial China.

Dr. Loughman earned his AB from Georgetown University where he was a George F. Baker Scholar; the MA from Williams College; and PhD from Rutgers University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and a Kress Fellow. He lives in the Hartford area with his wife and two daughters.

Rick West
W. Richard West, Jr. serves as the President and CEO of the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, and is Director Emeritus and Founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.  He is a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and a member of the Southern Cheyenne Society of Peace Chiefs.  West currently is a member of the Board of Directors of ICOM-US, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, and Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums.  He previously served on the Boards of the Ford Foundation, Stanford University, and the Kaiser Family Foundation.  He also was Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Alliance of Museums (1998 – 2000) and Vice President of the International Council of Museums (2007 – 2010).

Alejandra Peña Gutierrez
Alejandra Peña is a certified Architect from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and has Art History Master’s Degree studies from the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of said university.  She taught Architecture at the bachelor level at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Universidad Anáhuac, Universidad Iberoamericana, and also Art History at the Center for Design, Cinema and Television in Mexico City.

Her experience in the field of museums starts in Mexico City as Head of the Museography Department of the Museo Nacional de San Carlos, later she worked as Associate Curator for the Museo de Arte Moderno, then as Deputy Director at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes where later she also held the position of Director.

In 2001 she was appointed Deputy Director General of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA) in Mexico.

She worked on the conception and development of the Center for Design, Cinema and Television, where she was in charge at the beginning of the Academic Coordination and later of directing the Continuing Education Program.

She was Executive Assistant to the General Director of INBA, then Director of Cultural Promotion for the Directorate General of Educational and Cultural Collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  From 2009 to 2012, she held the position of Deputy Director General of Artistic Heritage for INBA.  

During the second half of 2012, she moved to Puerto Rico to become the Deputy Director of the Museo de Arte de Ponce; museum of which she was appointed Executive Director in September 2013.

Alejandra Peña has been part of the ICOM-US Board since 2018, where she is now Co-Chair of the Programing Committee. In January 2020 she was appointed Member of the Disaster Risk Management Standing Committee (DRMC) which advises the Executive Board and the Advisory Council of ICOM.

Kate Quinn