The Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University is having a changing of the guard.
Les Christensen is stepping down as the museum’s director, and Jacqueline Brightwell has been appointed as her successor. As the new director, Brightwell is charged with overseeing the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.
Christensen is retiring from Arkansas State University, where she has worked for 21 years.
“It has been a tremendous and rewarding experience to serve as director of Bradbury Art Museum,” Christensen said. “Without our founders Curt and Chucki Bradbury’s generosity and vision for the future, this opportunity and the benefits it has and will continue to provide would not have been possible. I also am very thankful that so many artists, individuals and institutions have been incredibly generous with their time and willingness to loan and donate high quality works of art to BAM.”
Brightwell has served as assistant director for the Bradbury Museum and, in total, has worked under Christensen for six years. She joined the museum in 2013 while completing a degree in graphic design and became a full-time graphic designer in 2015. She became the assistant director in 2017.
“Working with Les has been an invaluable privilege, and I share in her passion for Bradbury Art Museum and the visual arts,” Brightwell said. “I feel honored and very fortunate to have the opportunity to continue BAM’s mission. We’re approaching our fifth anniversary as an art museum and this will certainly be an exciting time for BAM.”