Paul Andrews, Melanie Crader, Corinne Erni, Cara Conklin-Wingfield
WATER MILL, 8/2/2022—Parrish Art Museum Director Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Ph.D., announced the appointment of a new Development Director and a revised organization structure comprising four deputy directors as the Museum enters its 10th anniversary year in the Herzog & de Meuron-designed building in Water Mill, and its 125th anniversary as a leading arts institution of the region. The team comprises recent hires with national experience and expertise, and seasoned Parrish senior staff with in-depth institutional knowledge and deep roots in myriad communities. Effective August 1, 2022, Paul Andrews was appointed Deputy Director of Development & Chief Development Officer; in recognition of expertise and dedication to the Parrish, veteran staff member Corinne Erni was promoted to Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects, and Cara Conklin-Wingfield was named Deputy Director of Art Education. Melanie Crader, who joined the Museum as Deputy Director in February 2022, was named Deputy Director of Operations and Administration.
“During this, my first month at the Parrish, I have been assessing our institution and thinking about the most efficient organization that would be reflective of our vision of access to excellence,” said Ramírez-Montagut. “I’m very excited about this new, more egalitarian structure that supports the vision of the Museum. With a depth of understanding of their departments, the four deputy directors will bring fresh perspectives, incredible talent, and profound institutional and community knowledge that will guide us through our next phase as a strong, cohesive, and dynamic team.”
“It’s among the honors of my life to join the Parrish Art Museum team,” said Andrews, who worked with Ramírez-Montagut at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (MSU). “Since childhood I’ve enjoyed the works of artists of the East End such as William De Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler. I’m thrilled to join Monica and support her and the team’s efforts to build upon the Museum’s history of excellence while raising funds to enable the Parrish to be even more accessible to the entire community.”
Since 2014 Andrews has raised over $35 million for leading arts and cultural institutions, beginning at the Detroit Institute of Arts where he served on a historic fundraising campaign that helped its home city successfully emerge from bankruptcy. As Chief Development Officer of the Michigan Science Center, he helped the museum increase its contributed revenue by more than 30% in his first year, making way for projects like free planetarium shows for every first grader in the region, and contributing to the museum’s ability to remain open and innovative during the challenges of COVID. In 2021, the museum was named one of the top 10 science museums in America by USA Today. That same year, Andrews was recruited to be the first Senior Director of Development for Cultural Arts at the MSU/Broad where, in collaboration with Ramiìrez-Montagut, he contributed to the Museum’s most successful year since its founding.
Cara Conklin-Wingfield joined the Parrish in 1993, ultimately becoming Education Director focused on making the Museum’s educational resources accessible and meaningful to the region’s diverse communities. She created long-term partnerships with dozens of schools and community organizations and developed an Artists in Residence program to connect exhibiting artists with regional students. That initiative debuted in 1999 with photographer Dawoud Bey, and was established as an annual program in 2013. Conklin-Wingfield created Access Parrish, which, through collaboration with seven agencies, engages youth, adults, and seniors with cognitive conditions with the visual arts. “In my new role as Deputy Director of Art Education, I’m looking forward to working with all my colleagues to identify additional partnerships and develop even more engaging and impactful experiences,” she said.
Corinne Erni joined the Parrish as Curator of Special Projects in 2016 and became Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects in 2018. She organized the solo exhibition and catalogue 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 with a focus on mentorship among renowned and emerging East End artists; and OptoSonic Tea (2019), an immersive sound and projections performance. She initiated new film, music, and conversation series in collaboration with regional partners. Erni is leading the overall strategy of the Dorothy Lichtenstein ArtsReach Fund, established by Agnes Gund, the Parrish’s initiative on art and social change. Prior to the 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 Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, I look forward to working with an amazing team to ignite and deepen artistic dialogues through high quality exhibitions and public programs that celebrate the rich artistic legacy of the Hamptons while firmly positioning the Parrish as a globally relevant museum,” — said Erni.
In her 5-month tenure at the Museum, Melanie Crader worked with internal and external stakeholders to develop and solidify infrastructure and processes, thus creating a solid foundation for many aspects of operations and administration. With 14 years of professional experience at arts institutions including the Hammer Museum and the Menil Collection, plus 8 years in the financial sector, she brings to the Parrish in-depth experience in managing resources, personnel, and operations; and leading cross-departmental teams to achieve common institutional goals. Crader said, “Working with my talented colleagues, I look forward to the exploring and fulfilling the tremendous opportunities the Parrish has to offer.”
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.
Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.