C. Jean and Myles McDonough Director
Matthias Waschek was appointed Director of the Worcester Art Museum in November 2011. Originally from Germany, he has a Ph.D in art history from Bonn University. Throughout his 20-year international career in the museum world, he has worked to connect the broader public with new thinking about art history and archeology—as Head of Academic Programs at the Louvre Museum in Paris from 1992 to 2003, as Executive Director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation St. Louis, Missouri from 2003 - 2011, and now at the Worcester Art Museum. In addition, he has published extensively on French art of the 19th century, as well as on 20th-century and contemporary art.
Claire C. Whitner
Director of Curatorial Affairs and the James A. Welu Curator of European Art
Claire Whitner, brings together WAM's curators, educators, and conservators to collaborate on planning and presenting new exhibitions and installations that address a central element of the Museum's mission: connecting visitors, communities, and cultures through experiences with art. A specialist in German Modernism and 17th-century Dutch art, she also oversees the Museum's ongoing work to reexamine its installations of European and American art, which began in 2013 with the [remastered] exhibition of its noted Old Masters collection, and has continued since then, including with a program in 2017 that added labels about slave ownership to historical portraits in its American art installation. Whitner takes a leading role in shaping the Museum's collecting efforts, working with the Director to identify and secure gifts and purchases that address specific collection needs. She holds a PhD in Germanic languages from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Director of Advancement
Marillyn Earley has worked in the development field for more than 25 years, including 8 at the Worcester Art Museum. Prior to rejoining WAM in 2017, she served as WAM's Annual Fund Director from 1995 to 1998 and as Director of Development from 1998 to 2001. She led the Centennial Campaign at the Worcester Art Museum that raised more than $30 million to building WAM's endowment. From 1998 to 2017, Earley was the Director of Advancement at Worcester Academy where she led the completion of their Honor the Legacy campaign and initiated and led their recently completed ONWARD campaign. She has a bachelor's degree from Boston University and has completed additional course work in education and non-profit management.
Director of Facilities and Technology
Francis Pedone has a long history at the Worcester Art Museum, from earning a certificate in studio art in 1983 to working his way up from part-time guard in 1983 to Building Services Manager in 1992 to Director of Facilities and Technology in 2017. Pedone oversees the building services, protective services, and guest services departments, and is responsible for developing and implementing the capital budget and strategic initiatives for the facility and operations. He holds a bachelor's degree from Clark University.
Director of Finance and Business Operations
Mary Reardon directs financial strategy, policy, planning and financial forecasts for the Museum, assuring all accounting records, reporting and operations are maintained following FASB guidelines. She also oversees the Museum Shop, Café, and Facility Rental program. Reardon served on the Microsoft Customer Advisory Board for over ten years, was directly responsible for structural design features added to Microsoft Analytical Accounting, and served as beta test site for FRX Forecaster budgeting software. Prior to joining WAM, she served as Chief Accountant at Saint Vincent Hospital. She holds a B.S. in Management/Accounting and a minor in Economics from Worcester State University.
Director of Museum Services
Gareth Salway is responsible for collections management, overseeing the Museum’s Registration and Exhibition Design & Fabrication Departments, as well as the Library and Archives. Salway has been involved with museum collections management for 25 years, beginning his career in the United Kingdom where he worked in both government-owned and independent museums. Prior to coming to WAM, Gareth worked on the development of international collections management standards and served on the Board of Collections Trust, the UK’s national body for collections management. Gareth has a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and joined the Worcester Art Museum in 2015.
Marnie P. Weir
Director of Education and Experience
Marnie Weir oversees the full scope of educational and public programs for all audiences— including studio art classes for adults, youth, and teens—and leads a team made up of administrative staff, Museum educators, 54 part-time studio art faculty, and 60 volunteer docents. With the Museum's encyclopedic collection as the foundation, Weir leads a collaborative focus on engaging and building diverse audiences, connecting visitors of all ages and abilities with inspiring art and its enduring relevance to daily life. She most recently held the position of Director of Public Education & Visitor Services at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. Weir received an MS degree in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education and a BA in Art History from Hobart & William Smith Colleges.