Colleen Schafroth to retire | Teachers As Artists and more...
Colleen Schafroth to retire | Teachers As Artists and more...


March 2023

In This Issue:
Colleen Schafroth to retire as Executive Director
Maryhill opens for the 2023 Season
Teachers As Artists
Executive Director, Colleen Schafroth, has announced her retirement from Maryhill Museum of Art. Schafroth worked for the Museum for 37 years, functioning as Maryhill’s Executive Director since 2001. 

During her tenure as Executive Director, Schafroth oversaw the addition of the $10 million Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, dedicated in 2012, the $3.6 million renovation of the historic building between 2001-2003, as well as a stucco renovation campaign in 2016. Schafroth’s leadership resulted in the accreditation of the Museum by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in 2002. 

Prior to stepping into the role of Executive Director, Schafroth served as Maryhill’s Curator of Education from 1986. In this capacity, she researched and published books on the history of the Museum’s chess set collection, developed the annual Summer Art Institute and Museum Week, as well as teacher workshops, an Elderhostel program and a high school juried art and K-12 chess set design exhibitions.  

“I am the happiest when I see kids and families enjoying the Museum,” she says. For Schafroth, creating a better Museum for people to visit has been the driving goal as Executive Director. “If people come here and have a change of perspective about what is possible in the world through art, even wanting to express themselves through art, then we have made an impact on people’s lives.” 

Some of most challenging times for her as the Museum’s Executive Director were the onset of the Covid pandemic in 2020. Applying to all the funding options available, Maryhill was able to keep functioning without losing any staff. “It was a miracle,” Schafroth says now. “I don’t know how we did it.” 

Recently, Maryhill’s Board of Trustees has entrusted Hagel & Company with the search for Maryhill’s new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. The incoming Executive Director is expected to take over from Schafroth before her official last day at the Museum on September 1, 2023.  
Wednesday, March 15 | 10:00 am
Current Exhibitions
Maryhill opens the 2023 season with probing highlights including A Pictorial Sequence Painted by R. H. Ives Gammell Based on The Hound of Heaven series, Nocturnes: works of art that display nighttime scenes, and American Classical Realist Portraits. This year, the Museum offers a plethora of works on display to help the visitor ponder dark, light and spiritual themes. In addition, Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge returns to the museum from April 30 through May 29, and part of the Indigenous Peoples of North America Gallery has been upgraded for the 2023 season.
Saturday, March 18th |  3 p.m.
Teachers As Artists
Incoming Curator of Education, Sorcha Meek Paul is delighted to present the upcoming show Teachers As Artists. For this educational program, Maryhill partners with the Oregon Art Education Association and the Washington Art Education Association to showcase teacher talent through juried exhibitions in the museum’s MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center. 

Juror Louise Palermo, the museum's former Curator of Education, will be present at the opening reception to announce the Best in show, First Place, Second place, Third Place and Curator of Education Choice awards, as well as several honorable mentions.

Please join us for our opening reception March 18th 2023 at 3:00pm. All are welcome! The show will be on view in Maryhill's MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center through April 17th.
Images top to bottom: 1 - 3. Executive Director Colleen Schafroth at various stages in her career at Maryhill. The middle image depicts Schafroth and Board Member Laura Cheney at the dedication of the Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing in 2012. 4 - 5. Panels of A Pictorial Sequence Painted by R. H. Ives Gammell Based on The Hound of Heaven series on display at Maryhill in 2023. 6 - 7. Incoming Curator of Education Sorcha Meek Paul prepares the Teachers As Artists educational program for this year's opening.
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