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Parrish Art Museum announces the appointment of Chris Siefert as Deputy Director
Chris Siefert. Photo: Courtesy Parrish Art Museum.

WATER MILL, NY.- Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan and the Board of Trustees have announced the appointment of Chris Siefert as Deputy Director of the Museum, effective July 1, 2016. Siefert brings to the Parrish more than 20 years of professional museum experience spanning operations and administration, capital projects, public art, landscape architecture, and teaching with an emphasis on organizational systems, community engagement, and cultural programs.

“As the Museum approaches a new benchmark with our five-year anniversary in 2017, having Chris’s level of experience and expertise will be key not only to our daily operations, but also to our strategic planning and vision for the future,” Director Terrie Sultan said. “Chris brings new ideas and fresh vision to the Parrish, and I am looking forward to working with him to ensure that the Museum grows and prospers.”

“This opportunity at the Parrish Art Museum is very exciting to me on several fronts. My experience in managing an ambitious expansion of an institution and contributing to its new vision offer unique parallels to my role as Deputy Director of the Parrish,” said Siefert. “In addition, the Parrish is an institution I know from my childhood, frequently visiting the Museum at its previous location in Southampton with my family. I remember it as an intimate and welcoming place that fed our imaginations and allowed us to freely explore. It’s clear that sense of cultural obligation has been enhanced with the Parrish’s relocation to its extraordinary facility in Water Mill.”

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Director at the Parrish Art Museum, Siefert served at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh as Deputy Director (2007-2016), Project Manager (2000-2005), and Director of Exhibits (1998–2000). Across these diverse roles, Siefert was responsible for museum administration, implementation of capital projects, and realization of numerous community initiatives. He managed the $6M revitalization of Buhl Community Park which opened in 2012 and developed the Charm Bracelet Project, an initiative to inspire neighboring cultural institutions to collaborate on creative projects related to community life. Additionally, Siefert served as Project Manager for the $29M expansion of the Museum (opened 2004), overseeing all aspects of the design and construction of the award winning and Silver LEED rated project.

In 2013, Siefert was recognized for his leadership in community initiatives with a fellowship from the Noyce Leadership Institute. He attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program in 2008 and the Museum Management Institute (Getty Leadership Institute) in 2000. Across his professional and artistic career, Siefert received an AIA Public Space Award, the Times Project Organization Public Artwork Grant, and grants from the Louisiana Division of The Arts amongst other grants, awards, and commissions. As an extension of his work, he regularly presents at conferences and in webinars addressing issues of non-profit leadership and the roles of museums in their communities. Siefert consistently applies himself to community projects and has served in varying capacities in multiple enterprises, including VP of the Northside Cultural Collaborative, a founding member of the Allegheny Commons Steering Committee, and President of the Pittsburgh Dynamo Youth Soccer Association.

From 1996 through 1998, Siefert taught sculpture at Louisiana State University and served as Chair of the Louisiana State Sculpture Park committee. In the early 1990s, he worked with interdisciplinary design teams at Cesar Pelli and Associates and Balmori Associates in New Haven, Connecticut, on several notable and award winning design and landscape architectural projects.

Siefert has a BS in landscape architecture from Cornell University and earned his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University where he was awarded a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in Visual Arts.

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