FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The Board of Directors of the Freeport Art Museum (FAM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Judd as FAM’s new Executive Director. A Freeport, Illinois, native, Judd has over seven years of experience in museums, galleries, and universities throughout Illinois and is known for developing interdisciplinary arts platforms and advocating for artists outside of major metropolitan areas.
“We are very excited to have Jason taking on the role of the Executive Director of the Freeport Art Museum,” says Adam Schulz, the Board President. “Jason brings to the job an exceptional combination of energy, experience, and proven leadership. We are very impressed with his extensive knowledge of collections, curation, and program development, his years of work within the arts, and his strong management and entrepreneurial skills. We expect Jason to not only continue the Art Museum’s excellent programs, but to work with artists and partners to help expand the programs, exhibitions, and collection to spark imagination and engagement in the arts for everyone.”
Judd most recently founded a digital arts non-profit in Rockford, Illinois and teaches art at Northern Illinois University. In his prior role as a Curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University he produced a number of multidisciplinary exhibitions that included video, performance, and public participation. Judd previously was Co-Founder of Sight Specific, an online platform that documents and supports contemporary art programming in and around the central Illinois region, Art Editor for Bite Magazine (online, non-profit project) and Co-Director of Make-Space (a Chicago based artist-run organization) from 2010 to 2015. He has also served as Registrar at the Rockford Art Museum, Exhibitions Assistant at Chicago Artists Coalition, and Curatorial Intern at Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago.
“As someone who has invested much of my career producing platforms for contemporary art in rural and suburban Illinois, it is an honor to serve the Freeport community at the Freeport Art Museum—a building where my father attended school and, as serendipity would have it, a block away from the hospital where I was born,” says Judd. “I look forward to working with Jessica Modica on the Arts Plaza project and furthering her notable accomplishments in the museum and throughout the community. With a sophisticated art collection on hand, a supportive Board of Directors, talented and passionate creatives in the region, and a sure-to-be extraordinary Arts Plaza, I am eager to develop dynamic and inclusive relationships between artists, students, educators, and community members in Freeport.”
The Freeport Art Museum is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create experiences that spark imagination and engagement in the arts for all people by presenting exhibitions and cultural events, advancing arts education, and excelling in collection stewardship.