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Please note, however, that due to time constraints, the Museum is unable to review and respond to unsolicited exhibition and artist proposals as well as individual artist submissions, whether sent via email or post. Please be advised that materials sent to the Museum cannot be returned.

Administration

Tricia Y. Paik
Tricia Y. Paik
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Tricia Y. Paik
Florence Finch Abbott Director

Tricia oversees the Museum’s administration and advancement while ensuring that its exhibitions, programs, and collection uphold the institutional mission. She earned an A.B. in English and art history from Dartmouth College and a masters and PhD in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. An experienced art world professional, Tricia has worked at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Christie's Education. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, she is the main author of the 2015 Phaidon survey of Ellsworth Kelly’s life and career.

Glenys Rignall
Glenys Rignall
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Glenys Rignall
Senior Administrative Assistant

Glenys manages the office administrative and visitor experience functions including supervision of student receptionists and gallery guards. She also provides support to the Museum Director and the Manager of Museum Advancement and Finance, manages logistics for and promotion of Museum events, and assists in communications and marketing functions.

John Burt
John Burt
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John Burt
Financial Coordinator

John’s time is shared between the Office of Professional and Graduate Education at Mount Holyoke College and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. For the Museum, John processes financial transactions, analyses financial data and prepares reports for internal and external users. He’s earned a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an MBA from William Carey University in Mississippi, and a MSA from Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Hilary Caws-Elwitt
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Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Website Manager

Hilary maintains and updates the Museum's website. Her background includes computer science, library science, and literature. She holds an MA from the University of Arizona's School of Information and Library Science, and an AB from Harvard University.

Curatorial

Aaron Miller
Aaron Miller
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Aaron Miller
Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture and NAGPRA Coordinator

Aaron assists with the general research, interpretation, display, and care of the Museum’s collection, with a focus on decorative arts, archaeological artifacts, and other objects of material and visual culture, including the holdings of the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum. With a background in anthropology and history, he holds a PhD in Historical Archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

Stephanie Sparling Williams
Stephanie Sparling Williams
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Stephanie Sparling Williams
Associate Curator

Stephanie manages the general research and display of the Museum's collections, with a focus on American, African American, and African/Diasporic art and visual culture. She earned a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Studio Art from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a masters and PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California, and a certificate in Visual Studies, also from USC. Passionate about the interdisciplinary possibilities inherent in academic art institutions, she has held positions at the Addison Gallery of American Art on Phillips Academy's campus, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

Education

Ellen Alvord
Ellen Alvord
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Ellen Alvord
Class of '89
Associate Director of Engagement and Weatherbie Curator of Academic Programs

Ellen manages and develops the Museum’s Teaching with Art program for both academic and community audiences. She serves as a liaison to faculty, actively encourages collaborations with campus and community partners, and promotes object-based learning across disciplines. Ellen holds an M.A. Ed from the College of William and Mary and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.

Kendra Weisbin
Kendra Weisbin
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Kendra Weisbin
Associate Curator of Education

Kendra facilitates the use of the Museum and its collections by faculty and students, oversees the Museum's label production and the MHCAM Journal, and manages the Student Guide Program. Kendra’s background is in Islamic art, and she holds an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

Collections

Abigail Hoover
Abigail Hoover
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Abigail Hoover
Museum Registrar/Collections Manager

Abigail cares for the collection of 24,000 objects at both the Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum. This includes maintaining proper object documentation as well as coordinating the movement, installation, protection, preservation and proper storage of the artwork. In addition she oversees Museum security. She holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MA from NYU.

Jackie Finnegan
Jacqueline Finnegan
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Jacqueline Finnegan
Class of '08
Museum Preparator

Jacqueline facilitates the logistical installation, preparation, movement, and storage of the museum’s permanent collection and long-term loans. She is also responsible for installing special exhibitions, managing the Museum’s gallery spaces, and providing support to the Curatorial and Education departments. Jacqueline has a M.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University and received a B.A. in Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College.

Nina Frank
Nina Frank
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Nina Frank
Assistant Museum Preparator

Nina plays an integral role in the movement and display of artwork for the Museum's Teaching with Art program. She also assists with the installation of special exhibitions and permanent collection display. She received her MA in Art and Museum Studies at Georgetown University and her BA in Art History at Connecticut College.

Laura Shea
Laura Shea
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Laura Shea
Class of '06
Digital Collections Coordinator & Museum Photographer

Laura is responsible for all aspects of the digitization project, including physically handling and preparing art and artifacts for photography. She also photographs a variety of Museum related events, such as exhibitions, guest speakers, classes, tours, and faculty workshops. Laura holds a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and has a background in photography.

Sue Sormanti
Sue Sormanti
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Sue Sormanti
Museum Guard

Emeriti

Wendy Watson
Wendy Watson
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Wendy Watson
Curator Emerita

Wendy was the Museum's first curator, a position she held from 1974-2015. She continues to contribute to the Museum as a researcher as well as consultant on special projects. Her areas of expertise include the Italian Renaissance, ancient art, and the decorative arts. She holds an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an A.B. from Smith College.

Click here to read a tribute to Wendy Watson, written upon her retirement in 2015.

Linda Delone Best
Linda Delone Best
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Linda Delone Best
Collections Consultant

Linda served as the Collections Manager from 1999-2019. In her retirement, she continues to work on special projects. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and earlier in her career held registrarial positions at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, the Wadsworth Atheneum, and the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.