New Post of Curator Filled at Berman Museum

Ginny Kollak joins The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art in a new  position: Curator of Exhibitions. She will begin her appointment on Nov. 25 and will work with Director Charlie Stainback on conceptualizing and developing the Museum’s special exhibitions and public programs.   

Prior to joining the Berman Museum, Kollak worked as an independent curator, writer, and freelance editor, and in 2011 she participated in the Young Curators’ residency Program at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Italy.  At the
Fondazione she co-organized the exhibition Vedere un oggetto, vedere la luce (To see an object, to see the light), which featured contemporary works by 17 Italian artists displayed with natural specimens and antique scientific instruments.

Kollak served from 2004 to 2008 as a curatorial assistant at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.  She contributed to more than 30 exhibitions at the Tang, including surveys of works by Dario Robleto, Kate
Ericson and Mel Ziegler, and Tim Rollins and K.O.S.  She holds a B.A. in Art History and English from Williams College, and a M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Jill Marsteller, Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement, said of the
appointment, “We were thrilled to receive a tremendous response from highly qualified individuals throughout the U.S. for this new curatorial position.  While it was not easy to make a selection from such a strong pool of talented individuals, Ginny brings experience in a college art museum setting, a strong academic background, and an understanding of the role the visual arts can play in teaching and learning that make her the perfect fit.”

Stainback, who chaired the search committee, added, “I am delighted that Ginny will be joining the staff at the Museum.  In addition to her impressive curatorial and scholarly credentials, she brings a wealth of practical knowledge including experience in the logistics of exhibition planning and execution and in organizing educational initiatives.  Equally important, she has an irrepressible spirit of intellectual play and invention that I believe are central to engaging students—and the general public—with the arts.”

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