Ex-NM cabinet secretary named to art museum post

Stuart Ashman, former Secretary New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Image courtesy of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

Stuart Ashman, former Secretary New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Image courtesy of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Former New Mexico Cultural Affairs Secretary Stuart Ashman has been named to the top post at an art museum in California.

The Museum of Latin American Art announced Ashman’s appointment last week as president and CEO. The museum is in Long Beach, Calif.

Ashman was cabinet secretary for the Cultural Affairs Department during former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration, and ran the state’s network of museum and monuments.

Before becoming the department’s top administrator, Ashman directed the New Mexico Museum of Art, founded and directed the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, and served as director and curator of the Governor’s Gallery in the state Capitol.

After leaving state government when the Richardson administration ended last year, Ashman was a Peace Corps adviser on arts-related initiatives in Latin American counties.

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