The Miami University Art Museum Welcomes New Director


The College of Creative Arts at Miami University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John (Jack) D.M. Green as the new Jeffrey Horrell ‘75 & Rodney Rose Director and Chief Curator of the Miami University Art Museum (MUAM). Green comes to the MUAM from the American Center of Research (ACOR) where he served as the Associate Director. 

Jack Green with a display of prehistoric statues, Jordan Archaeological Museum, Amman, Jordan.

Green’s unique experience as a museum and cultural heritage specialist, archaeologist, administrator, and fundraiser will provide new perspectives as the museum builds on incredibly robust collections and traditions. His vast research interests in archaeology, art history, photography, and cultural heritage of the ancient Middle East and Mediterranean, history of archaeology and museums, and looting and repatriation will contribute to Miami’s wealth of knowledge and expertise. 

“What excites me most about my new position at the Miami University Art Museum is the opportunity to work with the museum staff, and to collaborate across the College of Creative Arts and Museums Miami Center to develop new exhibits, programs, and initiatives that will best serve the students, staff, faculty of the university, and the southwest Ohio community,” said Green. “I also look forward to getting to know this diverse museum collection of more than 17,000 objects and considering new directions for presenting more of them online, as well as developing further opportunities for teaching and object-based learning.” 

Green was selected after an extensive search and will assume leadership from retiring MUAM director, Dr. Robert S Wicks, in August 2021. Wicks has served as museum director since 2003 and emphasized themes of cultural collaboration and social justice during his leadership. "Besides missing the excitement of working with a remarkable team of dedicated museum professionals,” shared Wicks, “what I will cherish most were the opportunities I had to work with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. Those were probably the most intellectually rewarding experiences of my career at Miami."

At his retirement, Wicks will have worked at Miami University for 38 years. He joined Miami in 1983 after completing his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. He became the interim director of MUAM in 2000, and after a national search, was appointed director in 2003. After learning of Green’s appointment Wicks stated "I couldn't be more pleased with the choice of Dr. Jack Green to serve as director of the Miami University Art Museum. He brings a remarkable breadth of international experience to the position, together with a perspective on the future direction of the institution that can only ensure its success."