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In our Summer Q&A series, we profile members of the McNay staff to show a behind-the-scenes look at all the people who make the McNay what it is! Today’s post features Stan Edwards, the McNay’s Head of Operations.
What is your role at the McNay? Walk us through a typical work day in your shoes.
I am the Head of Operations, and I am responsible for Buildings & Grounds, Human Resources, Multimedia, and Security Departments. My main focus is coordinating the activities of my departments to most effectively support the McNay’s external activities. My typical day starts at 8:00 am, which gives me a solid hour of quiet time for research pertinent historical information. The remainder of my day typically involves meeting with my direct reports, peers, internal customers and vendors in efforts to ensure that we’re operating and maintaining the museum to the highest standards.
What do you like to do outside of work? What are your favorite things to do and places to go in San Antonio?
I enjoy road trips with my wife and two boys. My wife and I also enjoy evening workouts at Gold’s Gym. My family and I are not native to San Antonio, so we like taking in the many historical and cultural things unique to the area. Of course, our favorite family activity is going to local restaurants that are recommended by friends and family.
What has been your favorite exhibition at the McNay so far? Tell us why.
Monet to Matisse: A Century of French Moderns was extraordinary. Not only was the artwork truly remarkable, but the reorganization of the Tobin Exhibition Gallery into its current open floor plan was exactly what was needed to convey the strength of the exhibition. That was my first banner show opening gala and it was an unforgettable experience.
What is one thing about the McNay you wish everyone knew?
I wish everyone knew that the McNay is a place for literally everyone in San Antonio. There’s certainly a perception of the McNay, and museums in general, as being a social club for the gentry. While this perception isn’t unfounded, it is certainly outdated and is something that we are working very hard to change.