Manchester, NH – The Currier Museum of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Graham to the position of deputy director. Karen joined the Currier in 2006 as director of human resources, and in 2012 was named director of operations and human resources. In her new role as deputy director, Karen oversees the museum’s administrative and revenue-generating departments, including finance, human resources, security, facilities, café, museum shop, facility rentals, and events. She is also actively involved in board and community relations. Karen played an instrumental role in last year’s search for a new museum director and served as interim museum director during summer 2016.
Karen’s extensive operational background includes vice president of HR for the Metro Group of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company in Montvale, N.J., and director of HR for Waldbaum’s Foodmart in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She serves as vice chair of the board of the Manchester Community Resource Center.
Sheila McNeil joined the Currier Museum in January as director of finance. She succeeds Sherry Collins, who served as head of the Currier’s finance department since 1990. Sheila brings 12 years of experience as a manager for the public accounting firm Howe, Riley & Howe, PLLC in Manchester. A CPA since 2006, she has worked with a broad range of clients, including not-for-profits, manufacturers, and retail distributors. Sheila has also served as treasurer on two local not-for-profit boards, the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester and New Horizons for NH, Inc.
Sheila earned a master of science degree in accounting, and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a concentration in accounting. Both degrees were earned at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
The Currier Museum of Art, located at 150 Ash Street, Manchester, N.H., is open every day except Tuesday. It is home to an internationally respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs, and sculpture, including works by Monet, Picasso, Matisse, and O'Keeffe. Visitors of all ages will enjoy engaging exhibitions, dynamic programs ranging from art-making and lectures to music, a Museum Shop, and an airy, light-filled café. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. The Currier welcomes visitors with disabilities and special needs. We are wheelchair accessible and offer FM headsets for sound amplification for most public programs. For more information, visit www.currier.org.
The Museum also owns the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House, complete with the original furnishings. The Currier Art Center offers studio classes, art camps, Master classes and intensive workshops for all ages.