Ena Heller and CFAM Elected to Association of Art Museum Directors

Cornell Fine Arts Museum and director Ena Heller have been chosen to join the Association of Art Museum Directors.

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) and museum director Ena Heller were recently chosen as members of the prestigious Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). 

Ena Heller has served as the Bruce A. Beal Director of Rollins’ Cornell Fine Arts Museum since 2012 after serving as the founding executive director at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City. Her resume includes positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, teaching appointments at the College of the Holy Cross, and numerous presentations and publications in scholarly journals and volumes. 

“I am honored, thankful, and proud,” says Heller. “For me, membership in the AAMD has been a top professional goal for years, and I very much look forward to participating in the leadership and advocacy put forth by this incredible organization.”

Founded in 1916, the AAMD advances the profession by cultivating leadership capabilities of directors, advocating for the field, and fostering excellence in art museums. An agile, issues-driven organization, AAMD has three desired outcomes: engagement, leadership, and shared learning. It serves as a forum for the exchange of information and the exploration of ideas, and as a voice with which museum directors may express their joint concerns and those of their institutions. The AAMD represents approximately 240 art museum directors from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and membership is based on the qualifications of both the individual director and the specific art museum. 

During Heller’s tenure at Rollins, CFAM’s visitor numbers have tripled, more than 500 new acquisitions have joined the collection, $1 million has been added to the endowment for exhibitions, and the operating budget has doubled.