The watermill-based Parrish Art Museum has a new Chief Development Officer and a revised organizational structure with four Deputy Directors.
Paul Andrews has been appointed Deputy Director of Development and Chief Development Officer.
Veteran contributor Corinne Erni has been promoted to Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects. Cara Conklin-Wingfield has been appointed Assistant Director of Arts Education. Melanie Crader, who joined the museum as Associate Director in February 2022, has been appointed Associate Director of Operations and Administration.
The news was announced by Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, a veteran curator who was appointed director of the Parrish Art Museum in June.
“During this, my first month at the parish, I evaluated our institution and thought about the most efficient organization that would reflect our vision of accessing excellence,” Ramírez-Montagut said in a statement.
“I am very excited about this new, more egalitarian structure that supports the museum’s vision,” added Ramírez-Montagut. “With a deep understanding of their departments, the four Associate Directors will bring fresh perspectives, incredible talent and deep institutional and societal insights 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 on the honors of my life to join the team at Parrish Art Museum,” Andrews said in a statement
“I’ve enjoyed the work of East End artists like William De Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler since I was a child,” Andrews added. “I am delighted to be joining Monica and supporting her and the team’s efforts to build on the outstanding history of the museum while raising funds to make the parish even more accessible to the wider community.”
Since 2014, Andrews has raised over $35 million for arts and cultural institutions, beginning at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where he helped support a historic fundraiser that helped his hometown emerge from bankruptcy successfully. As Michigan Science Center’s chief development officer, he helped the museum grow its dues revenue by more than 30% in its first year, made way for projects like free planetarium shows for every first grader in the area, and contributed to the museum’s performance during the challenges staying open and innovative from COVID. In 2021, USA Today named the museum one of the top 10 science museums in America. That same year, Andrews was hired as MSU/Broad’s first senior director of development for cultural arts, where, according to Parrish, he worked with Ramírez-Montagut to contribute to the museum’s most successful year since its inception.
Conklin-Wingfield joined the parish in 1993 and became Director of Education, focused on making the museum’s educational resources accessible and meaningful to the diverse communities of the area. She built long-term partnerships with dozens of schools and community organizations and developed an artists-in-residence program to match exhibiting artists with regional students. This initiative started in 1999 with photographer Dawoud Bey and was established as an annual program in 2013. Conklin-Wingfield founded Access Parrish, which, through collaboration with seven agencies, connects young people, adults and seniors with cognitive problems with the visual arts.
“In my new role as Associate Director of Arts Education, I look forward to working with all my colleagues to identify further partnerships and develop even more engaging and impactful experiences,” she said in a statement.
ernie joined Parrish in 2016 as Curator of Special Projects and became Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects in 2018. She organized 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), the Parrish-juried exhibition series focused on mentoring established and emerging East End artists; and OptoSonic Tea (2019), an immersive sound and projection performance. In cooperation with regional partners, she initiated new film, music and talk series. Erni leads the overall strategy of the Dorothy Lichtenstein ArtsReach Fund founded by Agnes Gund, the community’s initiative for art and social change. Before joining 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 Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, I look forward to working with a great team to ignite and deepen artistic dialogues through quality exhibitions and public programs that celebrate the Hamptons’ rich artistic heritage while honoring Parrish as a firmly position a globally relevant museum,” Erni said in a statement.
During her five months at the museum, Crader worked with internal and external stakeholders to develop and solidify infrastructure and processes, providing a solid foundation for many aspects of operations and management. With 14 years of professional experience at arts institutions such as the Hammer Museum and the Menil Collection, and eight years in the finance sector, she brings to Parrish a strong background in managing resources, human resources and operations. and Leading cross-departmental teams to achieve common institutional goals.
“As I work alongside my talented colleagues, I look forward to exploring and capitalizing on the tremendous opportunities Parrish has to offer,” Crader said in a statement.