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Nancy Proctor

Nancy Proctor

Executive Director
The Peale

Nancy Proctor is Chief Strategy Officer and founding Executive Director of the Peale, Baltimore’s Community Museum and a laboratory for cultural innovation, based in the first purpose-built museum in the U.S. Previously, Nancy was Deputy Director of Digital Experience and Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014-2016), Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution (2010-2014), and Head of New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum (2008-2010).

With a PhD in American art history and a background in filmmaking, curation and feminist theory and criticism in the arts, Nancy lectures and publishes widely on technology and innovation in museums, in French and Italian as well as English.

She edited Mobile Apps for Museums: The AAM Guide to Planning and Strategy in 2010, and with Access Smithsonian and the Institute for Human Centered Design, she coordinated the publication of Inclusive Digital Interactives: Best Practices + Research for MuseWeb in 2020. From 2012-2020, Nancy served as Co-chair of the international MuseWeb (formerly Museums and the Web) Conferences with Rich Cherry, and edited its annual proceedings.

Nancy created her first online exhibition in 1995 and went on to publish New Art, the UK’s first CD-ROM and website of contemporary art in 1996. With Titus Bicknell, she co-founded in 1998, which was later acquired by Antenna Audio, where Nancy led New Product Development from 2000-2008 and directed sales in France from 2006-2007.

The team’s multimedia tour for Tate Modern won a BAFTA in 2002. When Antenna was acquired by Discovery, Nancy also worked as part of the Travel Channel’s product development team from 2007-2008.



Nancy Proctor will be speaking at the Museum Social Impact Summit 2024 :

Non-traditional apprenticeships to diversify the workforce in the arts

Hear how The Peale, Baltimore’s Community Museum, is helping diversify the workforce in the arts through the Accomplished Arts Apprenticeships program (AAA). Apprentices from marginalized communities in Baltimore are paid while they learn exhibition preparation and historic preservation trades under the direction of artist Jeffrey Kent, founder of the program. Kent and Nancy Proctor, founding director of The Peale, will discuss ways museums and galleries can diversify their teams while developing inclusive museum apprenticeships that engage communities and fight poverty while advancing social justice.

Nancy Proctor