Welcome to Your MMFA
As I write this, it has been 23 years since I first stepped through the doors of the MMFA as its new director. It was an exciting time for me, my family, and a young staff eager to nurture an extraordinary institution flourishing in Montgomery, Alabama. I have the same sense of optimism and hope as I tell you I am retiring from the directorship of this place that I love. Since that day in 1994, I have witnessed so many amazing events and accomplishments at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, from the expansion of our building to provide new opportunities for growth in our collections, exhibitions, and education, to the creation of innovative programs that serve our larger community of Montgomery and the River Region.
Beginning with the founders and original donors who played a key role in building this collection and institution, Montgomery has embraced the role of the arts in community life. I am incredibly grateful to the leadership of the City of Montgomery, our MMFA Board of Trustees, and the wonderful and supportive staff who have cooperated in building this Museum of which we are so proud. It has truly been a team effort, and each has had their role to play in securing its future.
As I leave the MMFA, I do so with the knowledge that there will be a continuity of leadership and support that will carry the MMFA forward. As we look ahead, we can anticipate the further development of our facility, programming, and most of all, our beautiful new sculpture garden.
Finally, I thank you for your support of me and my family in our years here at the MMFA. I also thank you for your ongoing care of the Museum as it transitions to new leadership and furthers its mission, serving as the “crown jewel” of the arts here in the Montgomery community.
Mark M. Johnson