The Gallery Director, Jennifer Zika, the Gallery staff, and the Portland Art Museum are all pleased to announce our new RSG Supervisor, Mark Tindle. After a month long search for an assistant, we’re thrilled to have found a good fit in Mark who has taken to the new position with ease and enjoyment.
With a roster of over 250 artists, some 80+ volunteers, and a few thousand clients, the position requires no small task. Mark joins us as a new resident to Portland, having been here now for about 10 months. Please come by the Gallery to meet him. As you can read below, he is well equipped to serve our community of artists, clients, and PAM visitors and members.
Mark was born in Stockton-on-Tees, in the North East of England. He studied Modern History at Oxford University and, on completion of his studies in 2005, decided to follow up on his lifelong passion for museums and cultural institutions and start a career in them. After gaining his Museum Studies qualification from Newcastle University in 2007, he began working at the Fishing Heritage Centre in the town of Grimsby, Lincolnshire. He’s aware that he’s come a long way since then!
Mark has worked all across the UK at a range of different museums. He’s worked in curatorial, collections management, project management, marketing and even museum management roles, all of which have prepared him for the unique demands of the role of Supervisor here at RSG.
Three years ago, Mark visited Portland for the first time, coming here for a short holiday. Little did he know at the time that this would change his life. He met Jenn, a Portland resident and, very soon afterwards, they fell in love. After a long-distance courtship, he was granted a visa to move to the US in the spring of 2018. That summer, Mark and Jenn married and making his move to Portland permanent.
Soon after arriving in Portland Mark began to volunteer with RSG. With the departure of Tianna Lewis, he decided to apply for the Supervisor’s role and, after serving in the interim position, was offered the full-time post at the end of April.
Mark says: “I am so pleased to be part of RSG and the Portland Art Museum. To work for such a prestigious institution in such an interesting role and be surrounded by such a brilliant team of staff and volunteers here is a dream come true. I’m looking forward to what comes next here for me!”