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Chrysler Museum of Art announces new Director of Education and Director of Development
Before relocating to Norfolk, Heather Sherwin served as Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Vice President of Advancement since 2012.

NORFOLK, VA.- This summer, the Chrysler Museum of Art welcomed Allison M. Taylor as Director of Education and Heather Sherwin as Director of Development. Both were selected after an extensive nationwide search. Together, they bring several decades of museum experience to the Chrysler. “Both Allison Taylor and Heather Sherwin have displayed a longstanding commitment to museums and the community. Their passion for art and breadth of experience are tremendous assets to the Chrysler and will help further the Museum’s mission of bringing art and people together,” said Museum Director Erik Neil.

As Director of Education, Taylor establishes in-house programs and partnerships to cement the Chrysler as a center of lifelong learning. She also manages the Chrysler’s education and library staff, as well as the Museum’s docents. Sherwin leads the Chrysler’s fundraising and development efforts, including membership, endowment, annual fund and major giving initiatives. She also oversees capital campaigns, member travel, planned giving and database administration.

Allison M. Taylor’s museum experience spans more than a decade. Before joining the Chrysler, she served as the Head of Education and Community Engagement at Washington University's Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis. In that role, she aimed to integrate the Museum into the curricula of Washington University’s seven schools. She also launched several new programs during her tenure, including a six-week internship that allowed participants to work in all departments at the Museum; KARE (Kemper Art Reaches Everyone) for visitors with dementia; STEAM for teachers and The Art of Observation, a collaborative program between the Museum and Washington University’s medical students.

Taylor's experience also includes developing a curriculum and materials to help undergraduate students explore museum education theories and tour group engagement strategies. Her work on teacher engagement was published last year by the National Art Education Association. In recent years, she has also presented her research about aging and the arts, designing inclusive art museum programs and engaging school-age visitors at conferences hosted by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, the Volunteer Committees of Art Museums and the Association of Midwest Museums.

Taylor’s experience also includes several years at The Mint Museum in Charlotte where she was an education assistant, tour coordinator and adult programs coordinator. She also worked in Rock Hill, SC as a consulting educator for the Museum of York County and an adjunct professor at Winthrop University.

“I've been in art museum education for nearly 15 years and serving as Director of Education at the Chrysler Museum is the pinnacle of my career. The Chrysler is one of the most respected museums in the world and I'm excited about working with such a renowned collection and such a dynamic and engaged group of professionals,” Taylor said.

She holds a master’s degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Winthrop University.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Heather Sherwin’s fundraising career spans nearly three decades and includes experience in arts and educational institutions as well as foundation grantmaking. Before relocating to Norfolk, Sherwin served as Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Vice President of Advancement since 2012. During her tenure, she launched the region’s first giving day — Midlands Gives. She also helped hundreds of donors establish donor-advised funds and create legacy gifts.

In her hometown, Sherwin helped complete a $350 million capital campaign as the Director of Principal Gifts at Cleveland Museum of Art. As Director of Development for Great Lakes Theater Festival, she raised $19.3 million to complete the renovation of the historic Hanna Theatre at Playhouse Square. She also held positions with the American Red Cross and Hawken School in Ohio and The Masters School in New York. “I am thrilled to be a part of the Chrysler team, as art museums and their role in a community are really where my heart is,” said Sherwin.

Additionally, Sherwin was active in the Cleveland community. She was president of the Cleveland Arts Prize, a founding partner of Cleveland Social Venture Partners and Vice President of The Sherwick Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Boston University.

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