In mid-December, Scott Pollock joined ASI’s staff as Director of Exhibitions, Collections and Programs. Scott spent the past two years pursuing a fellowship at the University of Toronto while earning his Masters in Museum Studies. There, he focused his studies on Sweden’s own museological history while also learning the ins and outs of managing a successful visitor-oriented museum.
He has an insatiable appetite for audience research that drives improved visitor experiences (and finds pickled herring not all that bad either). Where vernacular Swedish craft traditions inspire Scott, contemporary Swedish culture fascinates him.
Scott brings to his new position extensive museum and cultural heritage management experience. He first gained invaluable collections experience as the Assistant to Curator of Collections at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, moved on to develop a community-led set of programs and exhibitions for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and later spearheaded and developed an international network of instructors, lecturers and educators around craft and cultural programming as Program Director for a fledgling educational non-profit, the North House Folk School. While in Toronto, Scott was recruited by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada’s largest public art gallery, to execute an array of visitor research initiatives.
Scott’s additional work has inspired innovative approaches to collections management, exhibition development and educational programming at the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, International Council of Museums (United Nations), Royal Ontario Museum, and the Design Exchange.
Scott is most excited about developing a financially sound programming model that builds on ASI’s legacy of quality programming while growing ASI’s audience and reach.