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Another new director at Pasadena museum

February 11, 2009 |  4:44 pm

Jenkins_shannonIn its second changing of the guard in the last six months, the Pasadena Museum of California Art has appointed Jenkins Shannon executive director.

Shannon, who joined the museum's staff in 2004 as director of corporate and foundation affairs, has served as associate and acting director for three years. She succeeds Christopher Mount, who took charge of the museum Aug. 1, 2008, and departed in mid-January "to pursue other things," the museum's spokeswoman said.

Mount, a specialist in architecture and design with a lengthy New York resume, was a curator at the Museum of Modern Art and a teacher and director of exhibitions and public programs at Parsons the New School for Design before moving to Pasadena.

Shannon got her start in the entertainment industry, working for Disney Channel, MGM Television International and Sony Pictures International Television. In a press release announcing her promotion, Reed Halladay, chairman of the museum's board, praised her accomplishments in fiscal stewardship and development and credited her with helping to put the museum in a strong financial position.

— Suzanne Muchnic

Photo: Jenkins Shannon. Credit: Pasadena Museum of California Art