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Longtime YSU faculty member named McDonough director

YOUNGSTOWN — Claudia Berlinski now is director of the McDonough Museum of Art.

Berlinski previously served as coordinator of the Wick Avenue museum in addition to being a faculty member in the art department at Youngstown State University. Starting July 1, she shifted from her faculty position to full-time directorship.

“Claudia brings a strong visual arts background as a practicing artist, outstanding experience as a member of the art faculty, robust curatorial awareness and a solid appreciation of the unique relationship between the McDonough Museum and the department of art,” Phyllis M. Paul, dean of the Cliffe College of Creative Arts, said. “Claudia has also been integral to furthering the museum’s collaborations with our community, including the Butler Institute of American Art, area school art educators, and numerous other regional arts and cultural partners.”

Her primary responsibility is the management of the operational and programming functions of the museum, including the development of university-related educational and public programs, promotional activities and community outreach. Berlinski will continue to share responsibility with the department of art chairperson, faculty and the McDonough Advisory Committee to determine all academic, curatorial, programmatic and strategic objectives.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed to the position of museum director at the McDonough Museum of Art,” Berlinski said. “I welcome the opportunity to carry on the legacy of this invaluable institution by continuing to provide the highest quality programming and exhibitions. Strengthening the museum’s bond with the university community and the Mahoning Valley community is a priority and we welcome everyone to find common ground through the arts.”

She is a Buffalo, N.Y., native who earned her bachelor’s degree in printmaking from Buffalo State College and her master’s degree in printmaking at The Ohio State University. A faculty member at YSU for 20 years, Berlinski also served as foundations program coordinator and assistant to the chair.

Her work has been shown regionally and nationally and can be found in private and public collections nationwide. She previously curated the Thomases Family Endowment Gallery at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Youngstown.

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