Chief Curator of Carnegie Museum of Art comes to Newark
After completing a comprehensive, nation-wide search, the Newark Museum Board of Trustees, and Director and CEO Linda Harrison have announced that Catherine Evans will join the Museum as its Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, effective September 30, 2019. Evans will play a critical role in reimagining and interpreting the Museum’s renowned collections with the goal of engaging local, national and global audiences. She will supervise the curatorial, exhibition and registrar departments in support of the Museum’s mission to be an accessible 21st-century institution.
According to Newark Museum Co-Chair Clifford Blanchard, “Evans joins the Museum during a time of change for both the institution and the city. Following in the footsteps of all the positive development occurring in Newark today, the Museum continues to bolster its presence as a cultural leader within the City and State with the appointment of another exceptional member of the team. We are excited for the potential of this partnership between Linda Harrison and Catherine Evans – both new to the scene.”
“Catherine’s thought leadership and sheer energy around the challenging issues of reinterpreting the stories from stellar museum collections is contagious,”Harrison said. “We are thrilled to have her join the Senior Leadership Team as we embark on the transformation of the Newark Museum as a destination must-see art institution that ignites conversation. Catherine will help us be bold in our thinking and implementation of exhibitions that place our visitors at the center of their museum experience.”
“I am honored to join the Newark Museum and the Board of Trustees in catalyzing Linda’s extraordinary vision. Its vast and deep collections offer endless opportunities to welcome multiple perspectives, forge connections, and create meaningful experiences for every visitor,” Evans said. “I am eager to expand existing partnerships, as well as build new initiatives throughout the community and across the art world with Linda’s dynamic team.”
Prior to her appointment at the Newark Museum, Evans held various leadership positions at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, including serving as its chief curator and co-director. Her previous experience also includes serving as chief curator and curator of photography at the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; and as assistant curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, NY.
Evans holds a bachelor of arts degree in Art History and German Literature from Williams
College in Williamstown, MA. She served on the Executive Board of Trustees of The
Association of Art Museum Curators as its VP of Governance from 2012-2013.