January 2, 2018
Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio, a longstanding Bucks County resident and former marketing executive, has stepped into the role of interim director. Ms. Bentivoglio has been a trustee of the museum since 2014. She will serve as interim director until a permanent appointment is made; the board has embarked on a national search to find a replacement for Lisa Tremper Hanover, who retired on December 31.
“The Michener Art Museum is a bright cultural beacon in the region and an economic force for area tourism,” said Ms. Bentivoglio, “and I happily embrace this opportunity to employ my management skills as well as my passion for art to move the museum forward, grow our communities, and attract new visitors from all over the world.”
Ms. Bentivoglio retired in 2007 from Johnson & Johnson, where she worked for 30 years, most recently as worldwide director of marketing sourcing. Shortly thereafter, she formed Donnelly Marketing Services Associates, which she sold in 2016. She is a member of the board of directors for the Academy of Vocal Arts, co-chair of the Bucks County Opera Association, chairman of the board of directors of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, and former member of the board of directors for Nelson Shanks’ Studio Incamminati. She lives with her husband Dr. Lamberto Bentivoglio in Carversville, Pennsylvania.
In 2018, the Michener Art Museum will celebrate its 30th anniversary. The Museum has evolved from a modest facility with a locally derived mission—it opened in 1988 on the site of the former Bucks County prison—to an accredited world class-facility with a broad vision. A remarkable collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings, along with special and other permanent exhibitions showcasing a wide range of historical and contemporary work, attract annually more than 135,000 visitors.
“We are very grateful to Barbara for stepping into this role, and are completely confident the museum will be in very good, capable hands while we find a permanent director,” said Gregory Church, president of the Michener board of trustees. “Together with an excellent staff and a committed board, Barbara will continue to advance our mission and build an even stronger institution.”