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Tricia Paik
Tricia Y. Paik
413.538.2245
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.

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.

Katelyn Allen
Katelyn Allen
413.538.3543
Katelyn Allen
Art Museum Advisory Board Fellow

Katelyn assists with the general research, interpretation, display, and care of the Museum's collection. She assists with rights and reproduction of the collection and promotes the Museum through social media and other communications. She holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego.

Ellen Alvord
Ellen Alvord
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Ellen Alvord
Class of '89
Weatherbie Curator of Education and 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
413.538.3246
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 newsletter, 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.

Linda Delone Best
Linda Delone Best
413.538.2492
Linda Delone Best
Collections Manager

Linda is responsible for the implementation of policies and procedures that ensure the proper documentation, indemnification, preservation, protection, movement, and installation of works of art in the permanent collection, the Skinner museum and objects in the custody of the museum for loans or exhibitions. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has held registrarial positions in museum of various sizes and governance.

Jackie Finnegan
Jacqueline Finnegan
413.538.2416
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.

Samuel Lopes
Samuel Lopes
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Samuel Lopes
Curricular Preparator

Sam is responsible for the tracking, movement, and care of objects used in support of curricular activities at the Museum. Working closely with both Collections Management and Education staff, he facilitates the use of art during class visits and works with individual faculty and students researching the collection. Sam is also a practicing artist with a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of the Arts.

Laura Shea
Laura Shea
413.538.3485
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.

Debbie Davis
Debbie Davis
413.538.2096
Debbie Davis
Manager of Museum Advancement and Finance

Debbie oversees the Museum’s membership and donor relations activities, administrative functions, and the Museum’s budget. She earned a B.S. in Recreation Administration from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in Education Policy, Research and Administration from UMass Amherst.

Glenys Rignall
Glenys Rignall
413.538.3538
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.

Wendy Watson
Wendy Watson
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Wendy Watson
Curator Emerita

Wendy works on research and interpretation of the museum collection and consults with staff on special projects including exhibitions and collection-based installations. Her special interests are 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.

Sue Sormanti
Sue Sormanti
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Sue Sormanti
Museum Guard
Dennis Campbell
Dennis Campbell
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Dennis Campbell
Museum Guard
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.