Boscobel Names Executive Director
Board Appoints Curator and Acting Executive Director Jennifer Carlquist
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Garrison, NY – May 2018) – Boscobel’s Board of Directors has appointed Jennifer Carlquist as Executive Director, effective immediately.
Since joining Boscobel as Curator in 2015, Carlquist has spearheaded innovative and widely attended exhibitions including Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now and Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques. Prior to joining Boscobel’s staff, she served in curatorial and fundraising roles at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, and Glensheen Historic Estate; and completed a fellowship at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.
Carlquist is a 20-year museum professional specializing in period interiors and their contents. From 2012-17, she taught as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz. She lectures widely for design-related museums and programs across the country, including the Victorian Society Summer Schools, the New York School of Interior Design, Parsons School for Design, and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. She holds a B.F.A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. from the Parsons School of Design/Cooper-Hewitt Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management. She is active in many professional organizations, including the American Friends of Attingham and the Decorative Arts Trust.
Carlquist took on the role of Acting Executive Director in October 2017. Since that time, she has worked closely with Boscobel’s staff and Board of Directors to develop a new Strategic Plan, introduce mission-focused programming, launch a brand refresh and digital overhaul, strengthen relationships with local collaborators and donors, and initiate the revision of Boscobel’s Master Site Plan.
Barnabas McHenry, President of Boscobel’s Board of Directors says, “Jennifer is the best thing to happen to the Hudson Valley in years. We are all thrilled to have at the helm someone with her knowledge, energy, and vision.”
“It is a joy and honor to take on this role, particularly at such an exciting time,” says Executive Director Jennifer Carlquist. “I am elated to work with dedicated supporters and an extraordinarily talented staff. Together, we are re-imagining Boscobel as everyone’s house on the Hudson.”