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Director, President and CEO
Salvador Salort-Pons joined the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) curatorial division in 2008 as assistant curator of European paintings and served as head of the European art department since 2011, adding the role of executive director of Collection Strategies and Information in 2013. He also served as the Elizabeth and Allan Shelden Curator of European Paintings at the DIA and played a key role in the museum’s current strategic planning process. Salort-Pons was appointed director, president and CEO in October 2015, succeeding Graham W. J. Beal, who retired as director on June 30, 2015.
With the tri-county millage in place and the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy successfully completed, Salort-Pons strongly believes the DIA is poised to move forward in engaging the museum’s local and regional communities as well as advancing its international profile. Trained at the DIA in the visitor centered approach and a proponent of it, Salort-Pons plans to continue building on it, making the DIA’s extraordinary art collection relevant to broad and diverse audiences. He envisions the DIA as both a place for scholarly research and a as a leader in learning and interpretation, which will provide fresh knowledge, ample accessibility and opportunities to all the DIA’s various audiences. Ultimately, he envisions the DIA as the main square of the community where all will be welcomed, represented and united.
Salort-Pons has organized the DIA exhibitions “Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries,” and “Five Spanish Masterpieces” and was the in-house curator for the show “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus,” among others. As European art curator, Salort-Pons strengthened the DIA’s Spanish collection by acquiring important works by artists such as Alonso Cano, Juan Valdés Leal, Juan de Espinosa and Francisco Zurbarán.
Prior to coming to Detroit, Salort-Pons was senior curator at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, assistant professor at the University of Madrid and exhibition curator at the Memmo Foundation/Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome. While at the Memmo Foundation, he co-curated “Il trionfo del colore: Collezione Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza” (Rome, 2002) as well as “Velázquez” (Rome, 2001), which was the first monographic exhibition on the painter ever organized in Italy. Salort-Pons has been the recipient of a Rome Prize Fellowship at the Spanish Academy of Rome and a research fellow at the Royal College of Spain in Bologna (founded in 1364), the Getty Grant Program, the Medici Archive Project in Florence and Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, among others.
In addition to two books—”Velázquez en Italia” (Madrid, 2002) and “Velázquez” (Madrid, 2008)— Salort-Pons has published a number of scientific articles in British, Spanish and Italian journals and exhibition catalogues. A native of Madrid, he holds a master’s in geography and history (University of Madrid), a master’s in business administration (Cox School of Business, SMU) and a doctorate in the history of art (University of Bologna).
Executive Vice president, Chief Operating Officer
Annmarie Erickson has been employed at the museum for 15 years, serving previously as Executive Vice President - Planning and Administration, and prior to that as Vice President of Marketing and Museum Programs. Overall, Ms. Erickson is responsible for ensuring that the DIA’s daily operations are conducted with excellence and efficiency. She plays a critical role in implementing the museum’s strategic plan, ensuring the achievement of the DIA’s enterprise goals. With the museum’s director and CFO, Ms. Erickson is engaged in the development and oversight of the museum’s annual operating budget and all restricted funds.
Ms. Erickson directly supervises Building Operations (Security, Environmental Services, Events and Food Services, Building Maintenance and Capital Projects, Visitor Services, Volunteer Services), Communications and Marketing (Website and Social Media), Community Relations, Public Programs and Organization Development and Human Resources. Ms. Erickson also handles board relations and is the staff liaison to the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Talent and Diversity Subcommittee, which are responsible for identifying, cultivating and engaging prospective board members. The museum’s government relations activities also are coordinated through Ms. Erickson’s office.
In the last several years, Ms. Erickson was instrumental in assembling the team and developing and executing the strategy that resulted in passage of a property tax to support museum operations. The ten-year millage was approved in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, and currently supplies approximately 70% of the DIA’s annual operating budget. Almost immediately after the successful millage, the DIA was plunged into the middle of the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy case. Ms. Erickson was a critical member of the team that developed and executed the museum’s legal and communications strategies and facilitated the museum’s participation in the Grand Bargain, a key element of the eventual settlement. Ms. Erickson also testified on behalf of the DIA in Federal Bankruptcy Court. In his decision approving the bankruptcy plan, Judge Steven Rhodes cited Ms. Erickson’s testimony as compelling evidence that the DIA is essential to Detroit’s on-going cultural, community and economic development.
Prior to joining the DIA, Ms. Erickson worked at the Cranbrook Educational Community for eight years, serving first as executive director of Public Relations and Marketing and later as Communications Counsel to Cranbrook’s president. While she has concentrated her career in the non-profit sector, Ms. Erickson spent several years in the for-profit sector as a vice president at Casey Communications Management, a full-service public relations firm. Early in her career, she was employed as a newscaster and news director at a major Detroit radio station.
A life-long resident of metropolitan Detroit, Ms. Erickson currently resides in Beverly Hills, MI with her husband, Paul, their son, Luke and “rescue” dog, Austin.
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