Berlinski Named Director of McDonough Museum of Art

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Claudia Berlinski is the newly appointed director of the John J. McDonough Museum of Art on the campus of Youngstown State University.

Berlinski, a faculty member in the YSU Department of Art, most recently was museum coordinator. She will shift from her faculty position to the full-time directorship.

Berlinski is a native of Buffalo, where she earned a BFA in printmaking from Buffalo State College. She received an MFA in printmaking at The Ohio State University. A faculty member at Youngstown State University for 20 years, she has also served within the art department as foundations program coordinator and assistant to the chair.

In addition to her responsibilities at the university, she exhibits nationally and regionally, contributes to print portfolio exchanges and curates and adjudicates group exhibitions. Her work is included in several private and public collections nationwide. She previously curated the Thomases Family Endowment Gallery at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Youngstown.

Her primary responsibility is the management of the operational and programmatic functions of the museum, including the development of university-related educational and public programs, promotional activities, and community outreach.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed to the position of museum director at the McDonough Museum of Art,” Berlinski says. “I welcome the opportunity to carry on the legacy of this invaluable institution by continuing to provide the highest quality programming and exhibitions. Strengthening the Museum’s bond with the University community and the Mahoning Valley community is a priority and we welcome everyone to find common ground through the arts.”

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