Joseph Gonzales Named Director of Museum Communication
August 31, 2011
Joseph Gonzales, Ph.D., has been named the director of the University of the Arts' Museum Communication program.
Prior to his appointment, Gonzales served as the manager of Research and Community Engagement Strategies for the Fleisher Art Memorial. During that time he led audience research and institutional initiatives to increase and enhance arts engagement among underserved families in Southeast Philadelphia as part of a Wallace Foundation Excellence Award grant.
Dr. Gonzales has 20 years of experience in the museum field working in education and interpretation, community outreach, development, and exhibition development for art, history, natural history, children’s museums and commercial agencies in Philadelphia, Texas, California and Washington, D.C.
He earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from Temple University where his dissertation, "Complicated Business: Chicanos, Museum and Corporate Sponsorship," examined the cultural production and politics in the making and touring of the exhibitions "Chicano Now" and "Chicano Visions."
He has served as a member of the board of directors of Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas and Taller Puertorriqueño, and program chair for the American Association of Museums' Committee for Diversity in Museums. He is the current president of the Museum Council of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley.