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Museum Studies: About the Instructors

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Heather Cotter is a professional art educator with an MA in art history and a certificate in museum studies from Boston University and an MEd in art education from Harvard University. She has worked in numerous prestigious art museums, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her multilayered teaching approach encourages students to consider art as a visual representation, an emotional expression, and an intellectual investigation.

Beth Susan Gersh-NeŇ°ić, Ph.D., an adjunct professor at Purchase College since 1997, has also taught at NYU, Simmons College, Rhode Island College and Manhattanville College.  She is the director of the New York Arts Exchange and, as a museum professional, has worked at the Bannister Gallery; Grey Art Gallery; Herbert F. Johnson Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Brooklyn Museum. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from the CUNY/Graduate Center.

Cynthia Russell has a BA from Stanford University and is Principal of CrossSector Partners, a management consulting firm providing fund development, operations, and business planning services to nonprofit organizations. She has held senior executive positions in the nonprofit sector and has served as President and CEO of Connecticut Housing Investment Fund. A frequent speaker on nonprofit management, she serves on the Stanford University Clayman Institute for Gender Research board and the Hancock Shaker Village Overseers board.

Updated Oct. 10, 2014