Museum appoints executive director


Kirk Hallman. Courtesy Muskegon Museum of Art

A new executive director has been named at a museum in the region.

Kirk Hallman will fill the role at the Muskegon Museum of Art, or MMA, on Oct. 27, following the retirement of current Executive Director Judith Hayner.

“I'm both humbled and excited to move into this new role,” Hallman said. “Judy Hayner's tenure at the MMA has left this institution in a remarkable position going forward. With the incredible staff, board and volunteers of the MMA, I look forward to shaping the next chapter in the Muskegon Museum of Art's extraordinary century-plus legacy.”

Responsibilities of the position include leading the museum’s future strategic plan and day-to-day operations, as well as collaborating with West Michigan civic and cultural leaders to create a cultural master plan for Muskegon.

Hallman has worked as the museum’s development officer since 2013.

He previously worked as the executive director of Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering in Lafayette, Indiana from 1993 to 2013.

“We are proud to name Kirk Hallman as our next executive director,” said Chairman Charles Johnson, III. “We believe the MMA will be well-served by Kirk as a result of his hard and productive work as development director and positive relationship development throughout our community. Kirk has demonstrated a passion for the MMA and a commitment to advancing our mission and the communities that we serve.”

Hallman attended Muskegon Community College and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Michigan State University. He’s completed additional coursework at the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Hallman is a member of the Rotary Club, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Commerce of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg.

He’s also a volunteer fundraiser for a professionally produced film about Buster Keaton, which will include the story of the time the actor and his family spent in the historic Bluffton neighborhood of Muskegon. 

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