Announces Melanie Crader, Accomplished Art Museum Leader,
as Inaugural Director of Visual Arts
East Hampton, NY (May 3, 2023)— Guild Hall announced today the appointment of Melanie Crader as the inaugural Director of Visual Arts. Crader, who comes to Guild Hall with over twenty years’ experience in senior level art museum positions, will be responsible for realizing a dynamic exhibition program that builds on the museum’s history while incorporating new directions in creative practice. Her previous posts include the Director of Exhibitions and Publication Management at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, held various management roles at The Menil Collection in Houston, including Budget and Project Manager and Manager of Curatorial Projects, and most recently, Deputy Director at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, where she also served as Interim Director.
At the Hammer Museum, Crader was responsible for financial and administrative oversight of all curatorial initiatives, exhibitions, and publications. Managing the institution’s exhibition program, she collaborated with local, national, and international institutional partners, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, MCA Chicago, Walker Art Center, Stedelijk Museum, and Pinacoteca de São Paulo. Crader provided financial and administrative oversight of multiple museum departments, managed the publications program, and developed a long-range exhibition and publication budget. She actively participated in key committees, including Senior Staff, Digital Strategy, Staff Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, and the COVID-19 Task Force focused on re-opening the museum.
At The Menil Collection, Crader managed the exhibition program and operating budget, led various special projects, institutional publications, major digital infrastructure initiatives, and implemented long-term budget planning for building projects and a capital campaign.
Most recently, Crader was hired by the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill as Deputy Director, where she bridged operations during leadership transition, reexamined café and retail operations, and organized the inaugural café mural project by artist Almond Zigmund. Crader was attracted to the area’s long history as a haven for artists, and over the last year, she and her family have become active members of the creative community.
Crader has been involved with the American Exhibition Organizers for over 10 years, including serving as a Steering committee member. She has also served on the Board of Directors and the Artist Board of DiverseWorks Art Space, Houston.
Originally from Louisiana, Melanie Crader, holds an MFA from Ohio University, Athens; a BA from McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA; and attended the Banco Santander W30 Program, UCLA Anderson School of Management. In addition to being a museum professional, she is an artist and educator.
Crader will begin her tenure on May 15, 2023, in advance of Guild Hall’s reopening and summer season. She will manage the first exhibition to be presented in the newly renovated galleries, RENEE COX: A PROOF OF BEING, guest curated by Monique Long.
Guild Hall is the cultural heart of the East End: a museum, performing arts, and education center, founded in 1931. We invite everyone to experience the endless possibilities of the arts: to open minds to what art can be; inspire creativity and conversation; and have fun.
Guild Hall has served four generations and introduced audiences to the most storied artists and performers of our time. Now as we approach our centennial, we have embarked on a state-of-the-art renovation to match the caliber of our artistry for twenty-first-century audiences. The facility-wide Capital Improvements Project & Campaign includes top-of-the-line physical and technological enhancements to better deliver on our mission as an artist-driven, interdisciplinary institution.
For more information about Guild Hall, please visit GuildHall.org.
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