Dan Gottlieb oversees museum planning and design of NCMA’s 164-acre campus - its buildings and Museum Park. He holds degrees in studio art, environmental design, and art administration and has led planning and design departments for three museums, since 1984. In 25 years with the North Carolina Museum of Art Dan has focused museum planning on integrating formal and informal experiences with art, utilizing sustainable practices. He oversees the ongoing transformation of the museum’s former prison site into cultural and recreational destination. Completed NCMA projects include an award-winning day-lit 127,000 sf gallery building (Thomas Phifer, architect); myriad artist commissions for the Museum Park; innovative storm water demonstration and environmental restorations; 3-miles of recreational trails; and PICTURE THIS – a collaboration with artist Barbara Kruger and architects Smith-Miller + Hawkinson. A large-scale project is now underway to complete Museum Park with new urban and gallery-to-park connections.
Dan currently serves on the Board of the Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance, advocating for improvements to the museum’s urban fabric. He also serves on the National Board of Directors of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.
Dan lectures regularly on museum practice, design, and architecture; is a frequent visiting studio critic; and is an exhibiting artist in his own right. Publications include Landscapes for Art, Redrawing the Boundaries: Toward a New Museum Campus, and Sustainable Museums: Strategies for the 21st Century.