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Artist, former teacher named Ohr assistant director

Heather Rumfelt has been named assistant director at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi.
Heather Rumfelt has been named assistant director at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi. Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art has named Heather Rumfelt as its new assistant director.

She will be responsible for advancing new themes and trends for the museum, incorporating technology, and encouraging conversation and shared dialogue for different audiences.

A native of Ocean Springs, Rumfelt began her career as a potter and painter after receiving her BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has always been a teacher at heart, first working for nonprofits in the Texas hill country and then as a high school art teacher in Mississippi.

During her 10-year career as a teacher, she served on the board of directors for the Mississippi Art Education Association as treasurer for eight years and won several awards, according to the museum. She also attended, organized and facilitated professional development conferences across the country. Building relationships with teachers, administrators and organizations gave her a passion for art advocacy and community development.

In 2014, Rumfelt left teaching to become an advocate for the arts as the Walter Anderson Museum’s education director. During her three years at WAMA, she focused on building strong community relationships and providing museum-goers with programs that not only introduced them to the world of Walter Anderson but also fostered their inner artist.

Executive Director Kevin O’Brien says, “We are delighted to attract a museum professional of Heather’s caliber to be part of the museum’s administration. We look forward to her expertise, ideas and energy as we move the museum forward.”

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