On August 2, the

International Museum of Art & Science welcomed Art History

professor and curator Joseph Bravo as its new executive

director.

Bringing a wealth

of knowledge and expertise, Bravo will work closely with IMASí

Board of Directors to oversee the museumís operational procedures

and strategic planning. According to IMASí Board President Tim

Smith, Bravoís experience in the museum industry and depth of

knowledge in both art and science make him a “perfect fit” for the

museum.

Born in

Chateauroux, France, Bravo grew up in San Antonio where he attended

the University of Texas San Antonio, earning his BA in humanities

and MA in art history and criticism.

Bravo spent most

of the 1990s working in various capacities at the San Antonio

Museum of Art, where he was employed as an associate curator of

Antiquities, assistant registrar, and, ultimately, as the

coordinator of school programming. He spent the last decade

curating contemporary art exhibits, writing art criticism for

popular venues, and advising artists, collectors, and institutions

through his own private consulting firm.

Bravoís areas of

expertise include Western antiquities, Egyptology, Oceanic art,

Chicano art, and the ethics and exhibition of cultural property.

Prior to joining IMAS, Mr. Bravo was an instructor of Art History

at the University of Incarnate Word, in San Antonio where he taught

courses in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Modern art history

and surveys in contemporary art.

The International

Museum of Art & Science is fully accredited by the American

Association of Museums and maintains a permanent collection

consisting of thousands of works, making it the premier art and

science museum of South Texas. With an extensive array of exhibits,

cultural events, and educational programs, IMAS provides visitors

with opportunities to participate in hands-on science exhibits and

experience works of art from both domestic and internationally

recognized artists.

With the addition

of Mr. Bravo, IMAS looks forward to expanding its ties to the

community. Mr. Bravo plans to bring new exhibitions to McAllen,

expand the museumís programming and collections, and increase its

outreach. “McAllen is a dynamic and growing community that deserves

a high quality museum to meet its future educational and cultural

needs,” comments Mr. Bravo. “Great museums change lives and inspire

young people, giving them hopes and aspirations to enable their

visions and achieve their full potential. It is my hope to take

this already extraordinary local educational and cultural resource

and transform it into a world class institution.”