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Berlinski Named Director of McDonough Museum of Art

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Claudia Berlinski is the new director of the John J. McDonough Museum of Art at Youngstown State University.

The move, which took effect July 1, was announced Friday by Phyllis M. Paul, dean of the Cliffe College of Creative Arts.

A faculty member in the art department, Berlinski was most recently museum coordinator at the McDonough. She will shift from her faculty position to the directorship, which is full-time.

Berlinski is a native of Buffalo, N.Y., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in printmaking from Buffalo State College. She received a master of fine arts in printmaking at Ohio State University.

A faculty member at YSU for 20 years, she has also served within the Department of Art as foundations program coordinator and assistant to the chair.

In addition to her responsibilities at the university, she exhibits nationally and regionally, contributes to print portfolio exchanges and curates and adjudicates group exhibitions. Her work is included in several private and public collections nationwide. She previously curated the Thomases Family Endowment Gallery at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Youngstown.

“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,” Paul said in a statement.

Berlinski’s primary responsibility as director is the management of the operational and programmatic functions of the museum, including the development of university-related educational and public programs, promotional activities, and community outreach.

Berlinski replaces Leslie Brothers, the previous director of the McDonough Museum. Brothers left the post in 2018 to accept a similar position at Wichita State University.

Posted July 17, 2020.

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