June 21, 2021 Taos, New Mexico

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The museum has a new director!
March 26, 2019

The museum has a new director!

Juniper Manley appointed director of UNM’s Harwood Museum of Art

The Harwood Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Juniper Manley has been offered the position of Director. She will begin her duties on May 15, pending formal approval from the University of New Mexico.

“On behalf of the Harwood Governing Board, we are delighted to have Juniper back at the Harwood and very excited about our future together.” said Board Chair Alexandra Benjamin.

Born in Albuquerque and raised in Penasco, Juniper Manley has lived in Taos for the past 19 years. This local background gives her a deep and familiar connection to the Harwood and the Taos community. Since childhood Manley has known the Harwood. “I spent a lot of time there between school and ballet lessons, it was like a second home growing up” Manley said.

Manley has dedicated her professional life to the non-profit world and has worked in almost all aspects of non-profit operations. She has held professional positions in fundraising and management since 2004, including experience at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburg, the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and currently as Associate Director of the Taos Land Trust.

From 2008-2016 she was the Development Director at the Harwood Museum and in that period was instrumental in fulfilling the Harwood’s $6.3 million capital campaign. Manley also successfully planned numerous large grant-funded projects for the Harwood, including her contributions to the acclaimed 2016 exhibition “Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company” and her help in securing an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant that funded the comprehensive digitization of the Harwood art collection.

Manley holds a Masters in Arts Management from the Carnegie Mellon Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, and a BA in Anthropology from Reed College. She serves on the Board of the New Mexico Humanities Council and the MAE Private Foundation. 

“My heart lies deeply with the Harwood,” “I am honored to be chosen as the Harwood Museum’s next leader,” Manley said.  “With so much potential, the Museum is an exciting platform from which to celebrate our rich cultural diversity, engage our deeply creative community, be a destination for visitors and create a model museum for its size.”  

Manley brings her experience with fundraising, executive management and community engagement to position of Harwood Director. With Juniper Manley as Director, the goal is to fulfill the Harwood’s vision of being the preeminent museum of northern New Mexico, to take the museum to new levels of achievement, enhance learning, creativity and cultural life, and to be relevant and involved in the Taos community.