New Director at Nichols House

Following an extensive search, Victoria Glazomitsky was recently named the new executive director of the Nichols House Museum (NHM).

“I could not be more thrilled to join the Nichols House Museum team,” Glazomitsky said. “It is not only an architectural and cultural treasure, but also has an amazing story, particularly as reflected through the ethos of the innovative and creative Rose Standish Nichols, its last inhabitant. Her thirst for knowledge, love of discourse and quest for diversity of ideas and opinions is what patrons and guests of the museum, and I, find truly inspiring.”

A native of Russia, Glazomitsky comes to the NHM from the Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, where she has spent the past three years as the special projects manager for the CEO. Prior to that, she spent five years at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, serving most recently as the strategic planning project manager. Glazomitsky has also worked in the industries of fashion and insurance, and brings with her over a decade of experience managing complex projects and organizational growth.

At the Peabody Essex Museum, besides being a key member of the building expansion team, Glazomitsky developed and oversaw a new summer research program partnering with Harvard University, created a focus group system that gained insight and built relationships with the coveted 18- to 30-year-old audience, worked on interpretation tools and helped to plan the annual gala, its largest fundraising event. She also developed a proprietary financial model for deCordova that was used to implement its strategic plan.

Glazomitsky is a frequent presenter at the American Alliance of Museums annual meetings and webinars, and a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s prestigious Next Generation of Museum Leaders Program. She holds a double B.S. in Art History and International Management from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

“Ms. Glazomitsky has an exciting vision for the Nichols House that will continue to enhance the experiences of its guests, connect the past with the present, and redefine what it means to be a historic house museum in the 21st century,” said Kate Enroth, NHM’s vice president of the board of governors.

Glazomitsky, in turn, expressed her enthusiasm to be working closely with the museum’s board.

“Aside from its many merits and being a neighborhood gem with such an amazing personal history and wonderful collection, the public might not know what an amazingly supportive and hard working group the board of governors is,” Glazomitsky. “I feel very honored and fortunate to be partnering with them.”

In her new role, Glazomitsky greatly looks forward to helping plan the Spring Fete on June 4, tickets for which go on sale at the museum’s Web site at beginning May 1.

“It’s a wonderful event that takes place at the Boston Athenaeum and features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Pam Haslam of Great Party Food,” Glazomitsky said. “This year we also have a beautiful Tiffany necklace that we will be raffling off at the event. I look forward to meeting many of your readers there.”

            Meanwhile, Sarah Biller, who chaired the Executive Director Search Committee, said, “[outgoing director] Flavia Cigliano, has built a strong foundation for the Nichols House Museum. We are looking forward to collaborating with Victoria on this exciting new phase for the Nichols House.”

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