Museum Welcomes New Staff Members
The Wolfsonian is pleased to announce the appointment of the following new staff members.
Martha Betancourt, curatorial and exhibitions assistant
Martha is responsible for assisting the curators in organizing exhibitions, conducting research related to the collection as well as to works being considered for acquisition, coordinating for image rights and reproductions requests, and additional curatorial department support. She recently completed a graduate museum studies certificate at FIU and also holds two B.A.s from FIU, in art history and in history. She has previous experience with The Wolfsonian, having interned in the registrar’s department during the summer of 2012, when she catalogued much of the recently donated archive of more than thirty-six hundred HIV/AIDS awareness posters. Prior to joining the museum she worked for many years in the logistics industry.
Casey Steadman, deputy director, business affairs
Casey oversees aspects of the museum related to finance, administration, human resources, information technology, facilities, security operations, and earned revenue activities. He brings with him more than twenty years of experience in the museum field, most recently as chief financial/operation officer for the Atlanta History Center where he held a variety of positions over a fifteen-year span; prior to that he was at Atlanta’s Metropolitan Museum of Art for six years. He serves on multiple boards including as chair of the American Alliance of Museum’s Professional Network Council and chair for the board of the American Alliance of Museum’s Leadership & Management Committee. He speaks frequently on current issues in museum management and strategic operations. Casey graduated from the University of George with a B.B.A. in human resource management.
Cathy Byrd, grants manager
Cathy comes to The Wolfsonian with years of experience in university and nonprofit arts administration as well as an ongoing career as an independent art critic, curator, and producer. As grants manager, she will be working with the development team on strategic planning for private and public funding, researching potential grant opportunities, and writing grant applications. Previously, she was executive director of the nonprofit arts center Maryland Art Place and gallery director for the Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University, Atlanta. Through her new media platform FreshArtInternational.com, Cathy cultivates contemporary cultural networking globally. She earned a B.A. from Southwest Texas State University and an M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design.
New staff members (from left) Martha Betancourt, Casey Steadman, and Cathy Byrd
Photo: David Almeida