Following a nationwide search led by Arts Consulting Group, Martin Mahoney, Director of Operations and Collections at the
Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, has been appointed Bennington Museum’s next
Executive Director. He will assume his leadership position in Bennington on September 8, 2021.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work at such a fantastic institution with an exceptional staff and
a very engaged board. I’m eager to become a participant in the local community and contribute to
the continued growth of the Museum, the vibrant town of Bennington, and to strive to make the
Museum a warm and welcoming place for all,” Mahoney stated.
Mahoney begins his tenure with Bennington Museum with an impressive and progressive track
record of more than 20 years of Museum leadership experience. At the Norman Rockwell Museum,
Mahoney was responsible for managing the Museum’s national and international traveling and onsite
exhibitions as well as supervising Registration, Collections, Facility Operations, and Security
Departments. As a member of the museum executive team, he was deeply involved in fundraising
and budgeting on the institutional level, managing multiple departments, overseeing the preservation
and operational management of the Museum’s historical buildings, and participating as a key
stakeholder in the institutional strategic planning for the expansion of the Museum.
Additionally, Mahoney has curated numerous exhibitions including Journey: David Macaulay (2019),
Perspective and Place: Thomas W. Barrett’s Hudson River Valley (2016), and Mort Kunstler: The Art
of Adventure (2014), to name a few. He graduated from Castleton State University with a BA in
history and holds advanced degrees from both the State University of New York at Albany, where he
received an MA in Public History and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where he
completed his MBA. Mahoney also participated in the prestigious Getty Leadership Institute (now the
Museum Leadership institute) in 2019.
A member of the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Mahoney has served as the
chapter vice-chair and chair and has previously sat on the boards of the Williamstown Art
Conservation Center as well as the Massachusetts Art Commission at the State House. He is
particularly interested in the intersection of history and popular culture, as well as the evolving cross
connection of environmental stewardship and community advocacy and how they can be leveraged
as economic engines to assist in the revitalization of communities.
“I am delighted to welcome Martin Mahoney as our next Executive Director, and look forward to
working with him and introducing him to our community,” says Consie West, chair of the Board of
Trustees. Interim director David Pilachowski continues, “He has a breadth and depth of successful
experience in the museum world, is committed to making the Museum a significant presence in the
regional community, and has shown creativity in responding to new challenges. The Museum has
made an excellent decision in selecting Martin to lead it into the future.”
Bennington Museum presents and explores the rich culture of southern Vermont and neighboring
regions from the 18th century to the present. Visit benningtonmuseum.org to learn more about virtual
and in-person, year-round exhibitions and programming. Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main
Street in Bennington, Vermont. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students over 18.
Bennington Museum participates in NARM, Blue Star Museum, and the Museums for All initiatives.