With over 20 years of experience at leading arts institutions

and in the financial sector, Crader will join the Parrish February 22, 2022.


WATER MILL, NY 1/10/2022The Parrish Art Museum Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Melanie Crader as its new Deputy Director, effective February 22, 2022. With 14 years of professional experience at arts institutions including the Hammer Museum and the Menil Collection, plus 8 years in the financial sector, Crader has in-depth experience in managing resources, personnel, and operations, and leading cross-departmental teams to achieve common institutional goals. As a museum professional, she bridges creative, financial, and operational areas through her expertise in the curatorial process, finance administration, risk analysis, education, human resources, public engagement, and public safety and security.


“I’m excited to join the Parrish Art Museum for many reasons,” said Crader. “First and foremost, I’m drawn to the thoughtful integration of art, architecture, and landscape and the potential that brings for connections between the community and the Museum. I also look forward to immersing myself in a region that continues its long history as a haven for artists. My family and I are excited to embark on our new life, and I’m thrilled to be part of the next chapter of this important institution.”

According to Parrish Board President Mary E. Frank, “We welcome Melanie at a critical juncture for the Parrish. Since first meeting with her this past fall, we knew that her creative nature would combine with her leadership and management skills to ensure that the Parrish continues to provide the top-quality exhibitions and programming for which the Museum is known.”


For the past eight years, Crader served as Director of Exhibitions and Publication Management at the Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, where she 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 Met, 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 several museum departments, managed a publications program, and developed a long-range exhibition and publication budget, among other achievements. She actively participated in key committees including Senior Staff, Digital Strategy, Staff Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, and most recently the COVID-19 Task Force focused on the re-opening the museum.

During her six years at the Menil Collection in Houston, Crader managed the operating budget and exhibition program, led a variety of special projects including institutional publications, oversaw major digital infrastructure initiatives, and implemented long-term budget planning for building projects and a capital campaign. Before entering the non-profit sector, Crader worked in the marketing and communications department at an international investment company.

An artist and educator who taught at the university level, Melanie Crader holds an MFA from Ohio University, Athens; BA from McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA; and attended the Banco Santander W30 Program, UCLA Anderson School of Management. Crader is a member of the International Exhibition Organizers, and has been actively involved for 10 years with the North American Exhibition Organizers (AEO) as both a member and serving on the Steering Committee since 2017. For several years, she sat on the Board of Directors and was an Artist Board Member of DiverseWorks Art Space, Houston.


The Parrish Art Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by the property taxpayers, from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


Melanie Crader — Photo: Mick Johnson


Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.



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