Media Archive: Announcements

Carnegie Museum of Art Hires New Department Heads in Advance of 125th Anniversary and 58th Carnegie International

Carnegie Museum of Art Appoints Four New Department Heads in Advance of 125th Anniversary and 58th Carnegie International

Contact
Taia Pandolfi
Carnegie Museum of Art
pandolfit@cmoa.org
412.688.8690

Pittsburgh, PA—Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces four new additions to the museum’s senior leadership team: Chris Fry as Director of Finance, Stefanie Mohr as Director of Marketing & Engagement, Clarissa Morales as Director of Collections & Exhibitions Management, and Jason Segreti as Director of Visitor Services. These four appointments underscore a pivotal time for the museum, as it prepares to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh later this year and produce the next iteration of the Carnegie International, the oldest exhibition of international contemporary art in North America, in 2022.

“It’s an exciting time to have Chris, Stefanie, Clarissa, and Jason join our senior leadership team at the museum,” explains Eric Crosby, The Henry J. Heinz II Acting Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. “They are accomplished professionals in their respective areas of expertise and trusted, strategic leaders. As we look to the future of the museum, including the milestone moments we have ahead of us, their diverse experience and their passion for our mission will be instrumental. I’m thrilled to welcome them to the staff.”

A man wearing a blue suit and glasss smiles with crossed arms

Director of Finance Chris Fry. Photo: Bryan Conley


Director of Finance Chris Fry most recently served as the Senior Financial Analyst at Management Science Associates and has over 15 years of financial planning and budgeting experience in a variety of industries. Fry also serves as treasurer of the board of directors for Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media. As Director of Finance for CMOA, he is responsible for fiscal management of the museum and serves as a critical link between the museum and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh financial team. Fry holds a bachelor of arts in business management from Asbury University in Kentucky.

A woman with shoulder-length hair and pink lipstick smiles

Director of Marketing & Engagement Stefanie Mohr. Photo: Bryan Conley


Director of Marketing & Engagement Stefanie Mohr most recently served as Assistant Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications for the Consumer Products Division at L’Oréal in New York City. Prior to her work at L’Oréal, Mohr worked for Glamour Magazine, Target, and The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. in a variety of brand and corporate markeeting and communications roles. As Director of Marketing & Engagement, Mohr plays a central role in managing the museum’s audience outreach efforts, including public relations, social media, advertising, and community engagement opportunities. Mohr, who grew up in Pittsburgh, holds an MBA from Fordham University as well as a BA in business and a BM in Music Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace University.

A woman wearing a suit jacket and red lipstick smiles in front of a colorful artwork

Director of Exhibitions and Collections Management Clarissa Morales


Director of Collections & Exhibitions Management Clarissa Morales joins the museum from the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University in California where she served as Director of Collections, Conservation, & Exhibitions. Prior to her time at the Cantor, Morales served as Exhibition Project Manager at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where she was instrumental in managing the reinstallation of the museum’s new facility in 2016. She also brings prior experience from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art to her role at Carnegie Museum of Art. She holds a BA in philosophy with a minor in art history from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

A man wearing a dark blue suit and a beard smiles with his arms crossed

Director of Visitor Services Jason Segreti. Photo: Bryan Conley


Director of Visitor Services Jason Segreti has worked within the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh organization for more than 15 years. He most recently served as Manager of Museum Services and has also held roles on the security team, where he was responsible for training, overseeing, and scheduling security officers in the Oakland building and served as a first responder to medical emergencies. Segreti is a Pittsburgh native and holds a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.


Support

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mission

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. The museum champions creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

Carnegie Museum Of Art Announces New Fellowship To Advance Diversity In The Curatorial Profession

Contact
Taia Pandolfi
Carnegie Museum of Art
pandolfit@cmoa.org
412.688.8690

Pittsburgh, PA—Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is honored to announce the creation of the Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship, a full-time, two-year position for recent college graduates from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the art museum field. Slated to begin in 2020, the fellowship is designed to expand access and build experience for early-career curators while also addressing a field-wide need for greater staff diversity in museums today.

The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship is made possible by generous funding from the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund, a Pittsburgh-based private family foundation. It is named in honor of CMOA’s late curatorial assistant in decorative arts and design who passed away earlier this year. Powell was a valued and tenacious colleague who advocated for historically marginalized artists in her research.

A young man sits on the floor of a gallery, speaking with a group of people.

Photo: Bryan Conley

“We are indebted to the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund for their partnership in creating this critical opportunity for new voices in the curatorial field,” said Eric Crosby, CMOA’s Henry J. Heinz II Acting Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. “A commitment to bringing new voices to the table is essential for museums to thrive in the 21st century.”

“Carnegie Museum of Art’s commitment to deeper community engagement and expanding opportunities aligns closely with AE&E’s mission. The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship will expand the museum’s endeavors to connect people to art, ideas, and one another. This is an exciting opportunity and we are pleased to be partners with the museum,” said Chris and Dawn Fleischner, founders of the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund. Chris Fleischner is also a member of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Advisory Board.

For the two-year fellowship period, the Fellow will gain immersive professional experience in CMOA’s team-oriented curatorial division, working collaboratively across disciplines at the museum and contributing to collection research, interpretive writing, and exhibition development.

“The Fellow’s contributions will be vital to CMOA’s artistic program,” explained Catherine Evans, Director of Strategic Initiatives. “The fellowship is intended to be flexible to align with the Fellow’s interests and to build expertise through research. The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship represents our shared commitment to increasing access to curatorial fields, starting with young people who are embarking upon their careers.”

A job description will be posted widely this summer and CMOA will select a final candidate in the fall.


Support

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mission

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

Performers At Play: New Initiative At Carnegie Museum Of Art Features Slowdanger, City Of Play

Contact
Taia Pandolfi
Carnegie Museum of Art
pandolfit@cmoa.org
412.688.8690

Pittsburgh, PA—This summer, two local groups will energize Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) through a series of workshops and performances organized around the theme of the senses. The first program of its kind. Performers at Play invites guests to engage more deeply with art, other visitors, and the building itself through innovative, interactive experiences.

The performers are slowdanger, a multidisciplinary sound and movement entity, and City of Play, an experimental carnival that produces community games and experiences. Responding to Access+Ability, an exhibition that showcases the latest breakthroughs in accessibility design, these groups will create new avenues for sensory engagement.

Two people dance in a gallery, one with head bowed and arms wrapped around the other, whose arm is outstretched.

Multidisciplinary performance duo slowdanger. Photo: Audrey Gatewood.

“Within the walls and many corridors of the museum, we will be extending our investigations into the senses,” say slowdanger Co-Artistic Directors taylor knight and anna thompson. “We’ll examine how museum-goers’ engagement can be deepended through physical performance, sound, and interactive experiences.”

The project launches June 8 with an introductory movement workshop for adults led by slowdanger, aided by an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. Visitors are invited to explore connections to body, sound, and their environment. City of Play takes up residence in the collection galleries on multiple days in June for a series of Intimacy Games—social games that encourage sensory awareness and encourage interaction among participants.

Through the rest of the summer, both groups will continue their exploration of the senses through a variety of workshops and events, culminating in a collaborative performance at the September 19 Third Thursday event. City of Play and slowdanger have worked together twice before at Third Thursday, crafting inventive and often large-scale productions within the museum’s galleries.

A man wearing a hat and overalls stands underneath a large tree.

Greg Manley, Director of City of Play. Photo: Christine Whispell.

“We are amazed by this new opportunity to collaborate to create more interactivity,” says Greg Manley, Director of City of Play. “The museum, with its vast collection, can become a playground for the public spirit.”

In an extension of this pioneering initiative, CMOA will premiere a performance object titled Resonant Body, which translates a dancer’s motion into physical sensations felt by the audience. The object is designed by Robert Zacharias in collaboration with slowdanger. Resonant Body will have open hours in the museum from August through mid-September and will also feature in the September Third Thursday performance.

“Inviting slowdanger and City of Play speaks directly to our mission of connecting people to art, ideas, and each other,” says Laura McDermit, Manager of Social Experiences. “We’re excited to explore the boundaries of interactivity with everyone who visits.”


Support

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mission

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History Announce New Saturday Hours and Summer Programming

Contacts
Emily Willson
Carnegie Museum of Art
willsone@cmoa.org
412.622.3328

Sloan MacRae
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
macraes@carnegiemnh.org
412.353.4678

Pittsburgh, PA—Following visitor feedback and market research, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History announce extended Saturday hours this summer. As a cultural hub in Oakland, the museums are a destination for people of all ages during the summer months. This initiative broadens visitors’ options to experience the expansive collections, vibrant programming, and provocative exhibitions of both museums.

“As part of our strategic plan, we’re working on ways to become more visitor-centered,” says Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) Henry J. Heinz Acting Co-Director Sarah Minnaert. “Extending the museum’s Saturday hours will help us further engage the community we serve, aid our long-term strategic goals as an organization, and differentiate the museums in an increasingly competitive cultural marketplace.”

People stand outside on a patio with lights overhead.

Photo: Bryan Conley

The museums surveyed more than 1,700 visitors in 2018, capturing nearly equal numbers of members and non-members. The visitors overwhelmingly favored Saturday evenings, specifically the three-hour period from 5 to 8 p.m. that the museums will implement. Saturdays historically attract the most visitors to the Oakland museums, and Saturday visitors tend to spend more time in the galleries.

Beginning after Memorial Day, the museums will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exceptions of July 27 and August 3. The museums will also be free to active U.S. Military personnel with up to four guests, as part of the Blue Star Museums program, which extends until Labor Day.

CMOA docents will offer specialized tours (free with admission) on Saturday evenings throughout the summer. The inaugural event on June 8 will investigate themes of love and lust in the museum’s collection. The museum will also launch a summer of film, showing rarely-screened art films from its collection throughout the season.

CMNH will offer new tours, live animal encounters, and two augmented reality experiences on Saturday evenings. Additional summer programming will be announced soon.

“Expanding our public hours makes us more relevant,” says Dr. Eric Dorfman, Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin Director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  “Saturday evenings at the museums are perfect for date nights, meet-ups with friends, and engaging intellectually and emotionally with science and art after the school buses are gone.”

The Café Carnegie, the museums’ acclaimed restaurant under the direction of James Beard Award semi-finalist Sonja Finn, will offer its Thursday menu on Saturday evenings. The café will offer a selection of favorites like the skirt steak chopped salad, le hot dog, and the wild gulf shrimp roll. The kitchen will close at 7:30 p.m., but the bar will be open until 8 p.m.

For more details about exhibitions and programming, see the websites of Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History.


About Carnegie Museum of Art

Support

Major support for this exhibition is provided by Ritchie Battle and the Hurtt Foundation.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mission

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

About Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Mission

To use our collections and scientific expertise to create knowledge that inspires an understanding of natural heritage, communicate and unity and interdependence of humanity and nature, and advocate for the protection of the earth and its inhabitants, while encouraging participation in the natural sciences.

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Carnegie Museum of Art Announces August Wilson Legacy Fund Teen Summer Internship Program

Contact
Taia Pandolfi
Carnegie Museum of Art
pandolfit@cmoa.org
412.688.8690

Pittsburgh, PA—Two motivated Pittsburgh-area high school students will work closely with museum professionals at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) this summer. These eight-week internships will provide vital on-the-job experience for students interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

This program is funded by The August Wilson Legacy Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, which supports programs that preserve, present, interpret, celebrate, and shape the art, culture, and history of African Americans.

A young man sitting on the floor of a gallery, speaking to a group.

Photo: Bryan Conley.

“The August Wilson Legacy Fund seeks to perpetuate the impact of history’s greatest African American playwright,” says E. J. Strassburger of the Fund. “Nothing could honor him more fittingly than to trigger a love of the arts in African American students.”

Managed by Sean Beauford, who oversees the Youth Art Initiative at CMOA, these two interns will shadow and work alongside museum staff members, participating in the Education, Curatorial, Art Preparation and Installation, Registrar, Marketing, Publishing, and Social Programs departments through a variety of projects.

CMOA’s robust education program engages visitors of all ages, from in-gallery art-making activities to its premier art class, The Art Connection, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. With this new internship, the museum strengthens its commitment to engaging young people and provides real-world experience for teens interested in the arts.

Applicants must be at least sixteen years of age and completing 11th or 12 grade by June of this year. All materials must be received by April 29, 2019. Application details can be found on the website. The interns will work approximately 30 hours per week and be compensated $10 per hour. While applications are open to all qualifying students, African American students are strongly encouraged to apply.


Support

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mission

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

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