Berkshire Museum announces new Chief Curator

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Berkshire Museum announces new Chief Curator
Kowalski comes to Berkshire Museum with extensive experience in exhibition curation and coordination.

PITTSFIELD, MASS.- Berkshire Museum welcomes Jesse Kowalski as Chief Curator. A seasoned museum professional, Kowalski’s appointment brings a unique and experienced perspective to the Berkshire Museum as the institution looks to reinvent the way it displays its vast collection of art, natural science, and history collections.

As Chief Curator, Kowalski will serve as a key member of the Museum’s senior leadership team, overseeing the exhibition, public program, collection, and education departments. Kowalski will be charged with developing exhibitions along with educational programming in tandem with the Museum’s mission to bring people together for experiences that spark creativity and innovative thinking by making inspiring educational connections among art, history, and natural science.

"I am thrilled to be joining the historic Berkshire Museum at such a formative time. Witnessing the enthusiasm and creative vision of Kim Bush Tomio and her team has been inspiring. Working alongside the board and staff, I look forward to reimagining the Museum's expansive collection of art and artifacts to build on what has become a vital cultural center for the Berkshire community.” said Kowalski.

Kowalski comes to Berkshire Museum with extensive experience in exhibition curation and coordination – having served as Exhibition Coordinator and Director of Exhibitions for 18 years at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania prior to becoming Curator of Exhibitions at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts for the last 8 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge in art handling practice and procedure, having planned and installed numerous exhibitions throughout his career. In addition, Kowalski has authored museum publications, created touring exhibitions, and developed lecture and film series to complement exhibitions.
Berkshire Museum’s Executive Director Kim Bush Tomio said this of Kowalski’s appointment, “I join the staff and board of trustees in welcoming Jesse to our team. He has a track record of stellar achievements in conceptualizing, organizing, and presenting exciting and unique exhibitions and educational programs. His future contributions to the Museum will further enhance the ways in which we fulfill our mission. I look forward to working with Jesse as we develop inspiring and meaningful experiences for our diverse audiences -- from the Berkshires and beyond!”

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