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journalist , Museum administrator

David O'Brien Connelly, museum administrator, journalist. Harmon O. DeGraff Memorial scholar Akron Young Men’s Christian Association, 1977; Emmett Walter fellow University Texas, 1977-1978, Music Critics Institute fellow, 1980, Aspen Summer Music Festival; named one of Outstanding Young Men of America, 1989; grantee Tinker Foundation, 1994. Named special friend of Stuart Society, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 2003.


Connelly, David O'Brien was born on April 25, 1952 in Canton, Ohio, United States. Son of Harold O'Brien and Mary Louise (Wells) Connelly.


Bachelor summa cum laude with honors in English, Mount Union College, 1974. Master of Arts in College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University, 1975. Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, University Texas, Austin, 1995.

Postgraduate, University Texas, Austin, 1978.


Director men's housing Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, 1975-1976. Community educator, publicist Planned Parenthood Association Summit County, Akron, Ohio, 1976-1977. Arts/entertainment editor Shreveport (Louisiana) Journal, 1978-1990.

Assistant grants director Museum Fine Arts, Houston, 1991-1993. Public relations director Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, since 1996. Staff writer The Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University Texas, Austin, 1993-1995.

Staff representative long-range plan and development/marketing committees board trustees Museum Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.


  • Other Work

    • Editor, chief writer Mosaic. Arts critic The Daily Texan, 1977-1978. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Organizing committee Inner City Soup Kitchen, Shreveport, 1986-1987. Organizing committee, first secretary executive committee, grants writer Northwest Louisiana Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Task Force, Shreveport, 1988-1991. Member American Association Museum, St. Petersburg Museum Consortium, Florida Association of Museum, Blue Key, Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Kappa Omega.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, travel, swimming, film, the arts.


Harold O'Brien Connelly

Mary Louise (Wells) Connelly