Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Tom and Mary James Western Art museum names interim director

ST. PETERSBURG — The Tom and Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, which is expected to have its grand opening in early 2018, has hired Bernice Chu as interim director.

Chu will report to museum chairman Tom James. Her work experience is in design, construction and operations management, most recently with the MCA Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

She has additional project management experience with financial institutions on Wall Street. Chu also ran her own facilities management, design and construction companies in New York. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from City College of New York and has studied Urban Planning at New York University.

Emily Kapes, curator of art at the James Museum, will continue to oversee the installation of selected works from the Tom and Mary James Art Collection into the new galleries, as well as selection of items for the Native American jewelry exhibition.

The 84,000-square-foot James Museum at 150 Central Avenue will include over 30,000 square feet of gallery space.

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