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Museum director to lead Florida association

By JULIANNE WU

© St. Petersburg Times,
published October 28, 2001


LARGO -- Ken Rollins, executive director of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, has assumed the presidency of the Florida Art Museum Directors' Association. It is his second stint as president, having also served the 41-year-old organization from 1990-92.

Rollins, 59, was elected president-elect of the state organization in October 2000, when he was also elected the west coast regional vice president. He assumed the presidency of the 52-member organization at a meeting last month in Daytona Beach.

Among the actions he initiated was to form an advocacy committee to "protect the interests of Florida museums in terms of grants on the state and national levels.

"Another goal," Rollins said Thursday, "is the sharing of exhibitions, collections and educational programs among the various member museums of the organization. We could save a lot of money that way."

Rollins said he has also formed a committee to create a better format for college and university art museums in the state.

In February 1994, Rollins became the Gulf Coast Museum executive director after more than 12 years in the same position at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland. Before that, he headed the DeLand Museum of Art.

Rollins has supervised the move of the Gulf Coast Museum from Belleair to Pinewood Cultural Park in Largo and has seen the completion of many construction projects at the $6.5-million complex.

For instance, the museum now has several exhibition galleries and administrative offices, as well as a new 100-seat teaching auditorium.

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