Bill Appleton joined Management Consultants for the Arts in 2015 as an Associate and has completed twenty projects for the firm, including recent searches for several leading contemporary art museums and visual arts programs. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in the non-profit arena, serving on the senior management teams of the Morgan Library & Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Rubin Museum of Art. Prior to his career in the visual arts, he worked in the performing arts and publishing as press secretary at the New York Philharmonic and at Doubleday Publishing Group.
Mr. Appleton has been active in board development activities and has served on numerous arts and education boards. Most recently, he created and presented a board assessment of the Association of Art Museum Curators providing the organization with guidance on how to improve their strategic planning and fundraising capacity. He is currently working with Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum on a board retreat and strategic planning program.
An active educator, he is a frequent lecturer on best practices in nonprofit management. He has taught courses on art, history, literature, and film at a variety of academic institutions including Eugene Lang College, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Missouri St. Louis, and the St. Louis Public Schools as well as Prep for Prep, a leadership development program for gifted students in New York City.
Mr. Appleton received BA and MA degrees in Classics from Wesleyan and Brown Universities, respectively. In 2012, he was awarded a Kress Fellowship at the Clark Art Institute to explore the public understanding of art and to develop new innovations in audience engagement.