At the Parrish Art Museum, a new development and restructuring agent
The Water Mill-based Parrish Art Museum has a new director of development, as well as a revised organizational structure which includes four deputy directors.
Paul Andrews has been appointed deputy director of development and director of development.
Corinne Erni, a seasoned staff member, has been promoted to Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects. Cara Conklin-Wingfield has been named assistant director of arts education. Melanie Crader, who joined the Museum as Deputy Director in February 2022, has been appointed Deputy Director of Operations and Administration.
The news was announced by Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, a veteran curator who was named director of the Parrish Art Museum in June.
“During this first month at the Parrish, I assessed our institution and reflected on the most effective organization that would reflect our vision of access to excellence,” Ramírez-Montagut said in a statement.
“I am very excited about this new, more egalitarian structure that supports the vision of the museum,” added Ramírez-Montagut. “With a deep understanding of their departments, the four Deputy Directors will bring fresh perspectives, incredible talent and deep institutional and community knowledge that will guide us through our next phase as a strong, cohesive and dynamic team.”
Andrews previously worked with Ramírez-Montagut at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.
“It is one of the honors of my life to join the team at the Parrish Art Museum,” Andrews said in a statement.
“Since childhood I have enjoyed the works of East End artists such as William De Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler,” Andrews added. “I am delighted to join Monica and support her and her team’s efforts to build on the Museum’s history of excellence while raising funds to enable the Parrish to be even more accessible to the whole community.”
Since 2014, Andrews has raised more than $35 million for arts and cultural institutions, starting with the Detroit Institute of Arts where he participated in a landmark fundraising campaign that helped his hometown successfully emerge from bankruptcy. . As director of development for the Michigan Science Center, he helped the museum increase its contribution revenue by more than 30% in its first year, paving the way for projects such as free planetarium shows for every student. freshman in the region and contributing to the capacity of the museum. to remain open and innovative in the face of the challenges of COVID. In 2021, the museum was named one of America’s Top 10 Science Museums by USA Today. That same year, Andrews was recruited to be the first senior director of cultural arts development at MSU/Broad where, together with Ramírez-Montagut, he contributed to the museum’s most successful year since its founding, according to Parrish.
Conklin Wingfield joined the Parrish in 1993, becoming director of education and focused on making the museum’s educational resources accessible and meaningful to the region’s diverse communities. She has created long-term partnerships with dozens of schools and community organizations and developed an artist-in-residence program to connect exhibiting artists with area students. This initiative began in 1999 with photographer Dawoud Bey, and was established as an annual program in 2013. Conklin-Wingfield created Access Parrish, which, through collaboration with seven agencies, engages youth, adults and seniors with cognitive impairments with the visual arts.
“In my new role as Associate Director of Arts Education, I look forward to working with all of my colleagues to identify additional partnerships and develop even more engaging and impactful experiences,” she said in a statement.
Erni joined the Parrish as Curator of Special Projects in 2016 and became Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects in 2018. She curated the solo exhibition and catalog for Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim (2021); Barthélémy Toguo: The beauty of our voice (2018); Artists Choose Artists (2016, 2019), Parrish’s series of juried exhibitions focused on mentoring among established and emerging East End artists; and OptoSonic Tea (2019), an immersive sound performance and projections. It launched new film, music and conversation series in collaboration with regional partners. Erni leads the global strategy of Dorothy Lichtenstein ArtsReach Fund, created by Agnes Gund, the Parrish’s initiative on art and social change. Prior to the Parrish, she led the Ideas city initiative on art and urbanism at the New Museum and co-founded ARTPORT_making waves, an international curatorial platform on art and climate change.
“In my new role as Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs, I look forward to working with an incredible team to spark and deepen artistic dialogues through high-quality exhibitions and public programs that celebrate the rich artistic heritage of the Hamptons while firmly positioning the Parrish as a museum of global significance,” Erni said in a statement.
During his five-month tenure at the Museum, Crader worked with internal and external stakeholders to develop and solidify infrastructure and processes, creating a solid foundation for many aspects of operations and administration. With 14 years of professional experience at art institutions such as the Hammer Museum and the Menil Collection, plus eight years in the financial industry, she brings Parrish deep experience in managing resources, people and operations; and lead cross-departmental teams to achieve common institutional goals.
“Working with my talented colleagues, I look forward to exploring and realizing the tremendous opportunities Parrish has to offer,” Crader said in a statement.