Introducing WAAM’s New Executive Director

WAAMfacadeDear WAAM members and friends,

We are happy to announce that the Board has chosen Neil Trager to be the next Executive Director and Curator of the WAAM.

Neil was the Founding Director of the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz. He was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of the museum and  took the lead in building its important collection. In addition to his administrative responsibilities he served as the Museum’s chief curator. He also helped establish a proactive museum advisory board, a community based membership program and six endowments.

Neil has made his mark as a professor, gallery director, and seasoned museum professional with extensive experience in public programming, management of collections, marketing, fundraising and grant writing.

He is also an award winning photographer who first came to Woodstock in 1978 to work as a teacher and associate curator at the Catskill Center for Photography (now the Center for Photography at Woodstock).

Neil has a deep commitment to fostering and promoting the art and cultural heritage of our region. He will take on his responsibilities at the WAAM beginning in mid September.

As many of you know, WAAM’s former Executive Director Josephine Bloodgood recently took on a new job as the Collections Manager at New Paltz’s Historic Huguenot Street. At that time, the WAAM Board created a transition/search committee that was given the important task of finding a new Executive Director. We are thrilled that the search committee was able to find such an experienced and talented leader as Neil.

Please join us in welcoming Neil to the WAAM.

Pat Horner

Board Chair

 



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