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Ellen Baxter

Chief Conservator, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Collections Care: Conservation and Preservation

Ellen Baxter oversees CMOA’s conservation program, and is responsible for the care and maintenance of the museum’s paintings, drawings, and works on paper. She has been working in the field for more than 30 years, and has been at CMOA since 1990. Her early work in Pittsburgh revolved around the care of dozens works by Andy Warhol during the foundation of The Andy Warhol Museum. She supervised the cleaning and restoration of John White Alexander’s 3900 square-foot mural cycle, The Crowning of Labor. Before arriving in Pittsburgh, she was a private conservator in Charlotte, NC, and a fellow at the Walters Museum, Baltimore. She holds undergraduate degrees in studio arts, art history, and chemistry, and a Master’s degree in art conservation from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

To schedule an interview, email Jonathan Gaugler or call him at 412.688.8690.

Michael Belman

Objects Conservator, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Collections Care: Conservation and Preservation

Michael Belman’s conservation experience ranges from Bronze Age pottery to medieval armor to Sandy Koufax’s baseball glove. Since joining CMOA in 2006, he has overseen restoration and conservation work on decorative arts objects like furniture, ceramics, and silver, as well as sculptural works in a variety of mediums. Belman has held fellowships and positions at the National Gallery of Art, Williamstown Art Conservation Center, The Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Israel Antiquities Authority.

To schedule an interview, email Jonathan Gaugler or call him at 412.688.8690.

Eric Crosby

The Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Contemporary Art

Since joining CMOA’s curatorial staff in October 2015, Eric Crosby has organized Forum Gallery exhibitions featuring the work of Alison Knowles, Michael Williams, and Ian Cheng. He is also the co-curator 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art, which Vogue hailed as the “most important art show in America.”

Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh, Crosby was associate curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During his time at the Walker, Crosby organized special exhibitions and installations of the permanent collection, including Art Expanded 1958–1978, a reinterpretation of the Walker’s Fluxus collection, and Liz Deschenes: Gallery 7, the artist’s first solo presentation at an American museum. Crosby also served as the curatorial lead for the Walker’s Living Collections Catalogue, an award-winning online platform for collections-based research and scholarship. He received a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he studied the history of avant-garde film and video as a doctoral candidate.

To schedule an interview, email Jonathan Gaugler or call him at 412.688.8690.

Charlene Foggie-Barnett

Teenie Harris Archive Specialist, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Teenie Harris, Photography

Charlene Foggie-Barnett hails from Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District and was born to Civil Rights leaders Bishop and Mrs. Charles H. Foggie. She researches the Teenie Harris Archive’s photos, conducts outreach, collects and records oral histories that result from the Archive’s exhibitions, events, lectures, blogs, and tours. Currently, Foggie-Barnett is vice president of the African American Historical and Genealogical Society of Pittsburgh and is a member of the Association of African American Museums. Foggie-Barnett knew and was photographed by Harris from the age of 3 months through adulthood.

To schedule an interview, email Jonathan Gaugler or call him at 412.688.8690.

Divya Rao Heffley

Senior Program Manager for Hillman Photography Initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Photography, Technology and Innovation

The Hillman Photography Initiative is an incubator for innovative thinking about photography. Since 2011, Divya Rao Heffley has directed the Initiative’s collaborative and experimental process to implement public programs. She has a PhD in the history of art and architecture and is captivated by the possibilities of colliding art with science and technology. She tweets @futuresites.

To schedule an interview, email Jonathan Gaugler or call him at 412.688.8690.

Dan Leers

Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Photography, Contemporary African Art

Prior to joining Carnegie Museum of Art in May 2015, Dan Leers was an independent curator in New York City and a curatorial advisor to the 2013 Venice Biennale. From 2007 to 2011, he served as the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. During his tenure at MoMA, Leers organized the exhibition New Photography 2011: Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen, Zhang Dali. He graduated with a BA from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and an MA from Columbia University. Since arriving in Pittsburgh, Leers has curated Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups and William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography.

To schedule an interview, email Jonathan Gaugler or call him at 412.688.6890.

Dominique Luster

Teenie Harris Archivist, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Charles "Teenie" Harris, Photography, Diversity and Inclusion

Dominique Luster is a proud Kentuckian transplanted to Pittsburgh for school and work. She currently serves as the Teenie Harris Archivist at Carnegie Museum of Art, striving to help the museum build a world-renown archive that is uniquely hyper-specialized on the life of African-Americans in the mid-20th century. The Teenie Harris Archive consists of nearly 80,000 images dating from the 1930s to the 1970s; documenting what might be one of the most complete insights into African-American urban life at that time. The collection spans just about every major topic imaginable from births and weddings to cars and jazz clubs and features some of the most prominent African American entertainers and politicians as well as beloved local community members in their everyday lives.

Previously, Luster worked as a Liaison Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) where she focused on serving at-risk undergraduate students, promoted advanced research at the undergraduate level, and served as the liaison to the Theatre Arts Department. Luster studied theatre design and technology at the University of Kentucky before moving to Pittsburgh to pursue her MLIS in archives and information management at Pitt.

To schedule an interview, email Jonathan Gaugler or call him at 412.688.8690.

Marilyn Russell

Curator of Education, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: 21st-century Museums, Teaching Across the Humanities, Diversity and Inclusion

A member of Carnegie Museum of Art’s senior leadership team, Marilyn Russell is responsible for developing the museum’s philosophy and strategies for audience engagement, interpretation of the collection and temporary exhibitions, and investigating how art and art museums remain relevant in 21st-century life.

She leads a team of educators and teaching artists who design and facilitate memorable experiences with art for adults and children throughout the region. Activities include The Art Connection, the museum’s renowned Saturday art classes for youth; summer camp for children; innovative gallery programs for school students and professional learning for teachers, including the new Empowered Educators series that focuses on race and social justice as they impact K-12 learning; artist talks and artist-led workshops for adults; and drop-in gallery programs for children and families. New programs include a Youth Arts Initiative, in which high school students design museum experiences for their peers, and an architecture apprenticeship for high school youth interested in urban design.

In partnership with colleagues at The Andy Warhol Museum, Russell launched a program for medical school students designed to enhance skills in observation and visual literacy, and guided development of a gallery program for individuals living with dementia. She provides oversight for The Arts Education Collaborative, an agency focused on transforming K-12 education by making the arts central. She holds a masters degree in the history of art from the University of Michigan.

To schedule an interview, email Jonathan Gaugler or call him at 412.688.8690

Ingrid Schaffner

Curator of the 57th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Contemporary Art, 21st-century Museums

Ingrid Schaffner is an American curator, art critic, writer, and educator, specializing in art history. She is currently at work on the 57th Carnegie International, which will open in fall 2018 at Carnegie Museum of Art. Known for the breadth of her art historical knowledge and her exceptional collaborations with artists such as Richard Artschwager, Barry LeVa, Karen Kilimnik, Maira Kalman, and Anne Tyng, Schaffner’s work often coalesces around themes of archiving and collecting, photography, feminism, and alternate modernisms—especially Surrealism. Her many significant monographic and thematic exhibitions have brought attention to under-recognized artists and little-explored themes and practices in the art world. From 2000 to 2015, Schaffner directed the exhibition program at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the leading museums dedicated to exhibiting the innovative art of our time.

To schedule an interview, email Jonathan Gaugler or call him at 412.688.6890.