Stephen Bonadies joined the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2009 and is currently Deputy Director for Collections and Facilities Management. Previously he was at the Cincinnati Art Museum for 27 years where he served in various roles as Chief Conservator, Director of Museum Services, Deputy Director, and Interim Co-director. Prior to the Cincinnati Art Museum, he was a member of the conservation staff of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and served as a lecturer in conservation science at the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York at Oneonta. A graduate of the University of Rochester, Stephen received his master’s degree in art conservation, with a Certificate of Advanced Study from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. He has a notable record of service to the profession through a long and active involvement with the American Association of Museums, the American Institute for Conservation, and other organizations devoted to the care and preservation of works of art. He has also been the recipient of a number of major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Library and Museum Services, and the Getty Foundation.
Robin Nicholson has been Deputy Director for Art and Education at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since 2010, with responsibility for the curatorial, exhibitions, education, statewide partnerships, publications, marketing and library departments. He was formerly Deputy Director for Exhibitions, a position he had held since 2006. Prior to coming to Virginia, he spent fourteen years directing and curating the corporate art collection of the Drambuie Corporation, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, and with corporate offices in England and the US. Nicholson was educated at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, and the University of Cambridge, England. He is a renowned scholar of the art of the 18th-century Stuart royal courts in Paris and Rome and has also published and lectured on other aspects of 18th and 19th century European art. His book on the portraiture of Prince Charles Edward Stuart was published by Bucknell University Press in 2002. Since coming to Virginia, Nicholson has worked on a number of major exhibition projects, including serving as project director for the VMFA exhibition Picasso, Masterpieces from the Musee Picasso, Paris, the most expensive and ambitious exhibition in the museum’s history. Other professional experience includes serving as cultural representative on the Presidential Bi-Lateral Commission on US-Russia Relations, 2008 alumni of the Getty Museum Leadership Program, and past Chair of the Scottish Society for Art History.
R. Fern Spencer joined the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2010 as the first Chief Financial Officer of the Museum as well as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation. As Chief Financial Officer, Spencer is responsible for the Finance, Budgeting, Procurement, and Human Resources Departments as well as the enterprise operations of Food Services and the VMFA Shop. Prior to her employment with VMFA, Spencer spent more than two years at the New York Private Bank & Trust as a Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and then served as the Chief Compliance Officer of HPM Partners LLC, a subsidiary of Emigrant Bancorp and an SEC-registered investment advisory firm with offices in Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Richmond. Spencer also served for eleven years as the founding Chief Financial and Investment Officer of the Virginia College Savings Plan, where she was responsible for all accounting, program operations, budgeting, investment management oversight, and financial compliance and reporting functions. She started her professional career with the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Department of Accounts. Currently, Spencer serves on the Virginia College Savings Plan Governing Board and its Investment Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Virginia.