Museum of Vancouver's Nancy Noble Named Director & CEO of Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Atlantic Canada’s largest art museum will welcome Nancy Noble as its new Director and CEO effective this September. 

Noble brings over 20 years of experience in marketing, exhibition and collections, and leadership roles within leading cultural institutions in Canada. She comes to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) following more than 11 years as CEO of the Museum of Vancouver, where her leadership had a significant impact on the institution and the role it plays in the community. 

During her tenure with MOV, she transformed the organization’s marketing and community engagement strategy and led two five-year strategic and business plans, which have collectively transformed the 115-year-old museum into a significant civic institution. 

The AGNS has locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth and has a permanent collection of over 17,000 works. Since 1908, the AGNS has been a gateway for the visual arts in the region and one of the premier arts institutions in Canada. 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, Noble will lead the AGNS in innovation and growth, strategic plan execution, creative capital fundraising strategies, the development of quality relationships with donors and community partners, steward the search for a new Gallery, and ultimately transform the AGNS to engage the community in an enhanced experienced with visual art. 

Noble holds a BA from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. An active member in the museum community, she was the President of the Canadian Museum Association (CMA) from 2012-2014. She is currently serving her second and final year as Past President in which she led the CMA through the completion of a new Strategic Plan in 2015.

“We are thrilled to have attracted a leader with Nancy’s depth of experience as a well-respected leader in the cultural sector and track record of terrific community engagement,” said incoming AGNS Board Chair Malcolm Fraser in a media release.

“I am honoured to have been chosen to lead the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia,” said Noble. “The organization has an incredible history and it is going to be a privilege to be part of its future.”

Noble leaves her position with MOV at the end of July and joins the AGNS effective September 12, 2016. 

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