Linda C. Harrison
Director & CEO
As the leader of The Newark Museum of Art, a large, complex, urban museum campus, Linda plays a strategic and unifying role for the organization and the city of Newark. She communicates the work and mission of the organization and works with the Board, staff, and community to identify and implement priorities and tactics to further the Museum’s goals. During her first 100 days, Linda developed a 3-year Strategic Vision Plan to transform the museum, adding a sense of urgency and a bold vision. Her plan expanded the notion of a logo upgrade into a major brand transformation, involving a re-engineering of the mission, brand image, and adding the clarifying words ‘of Art’ to the museum’s name. Linda has established a new Senior Leadership Team and revamped the organization for more engaging community impact. The new Vision incorporates five critical paths to be worked on simultaneously; Improving Financial Stability, Investing in Digital Future, Developing Right Infrastructure, Leveraging and Enhancing the Brand, and Investing in Right Programming.
Vice President, Deputy Director/External Affairs
Deborah Kasindorf is responsible for the management of the museum’s fund raising and marketing departments, which include Development, Membership, Public Relations, Special Events, Public Programs, Publications and Museum Shop. Prior to joining The Newark Museum of Art, she was the Director of External Relations at the Seattle Children's Theatre. In this capacity, she was responsible for the generation of all ticket revenues, contributed income and marketing programs for the Theatre, which is one of the most prominent venues for young audiences in the country. Previously, she served as a trustee on the theatre's board before joining the staff.
Deputy Director / Collections & Curatorial Strategies
Catherine Evans serves as Deputy Director of Collections and Curatorial Strategies, overseeing the Museum’s Curatorial, Registration and Exhibitions departments, as well as the Library and Archives in support of our mission to be an accessible twenty-first-century institution. She plays a critical role in reimagining and interpreting the Museum’s renowned collections with the goal of engaging local, national, and global audiences. Prior to her appointment in Newark, Catherine held various leadership positions at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, including serving as its chief curator and interim co-director. Her previous experience also includes serving as chief curator and curator of photography at the Columbus Museum of Art and as assistant curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Catherine holds a bachelor of arts degree in Art History and German Literature from Williams College in Williamstown, MA. She has served on the Executive Board of Trustees of The Association of Museum Curators.
Silvia Filippini-Fantoni, PhD
Deputy Director of Learning & Engagement
Silvia Filippini-Fantoni is the Museum's new Deputy Director of Learning and Engagement. In this role she will work closely with her team and other senior leaders to ensure the Museum fulfills its educational mission and its desire for more interactive and innovative community programming. Silvia is a museum professional with over 18-years experience working in the areas of art, education, and historic houses. Most recently she served as Director of Programs and Audience Engagement at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. Prior to that Silvia served in a similar capacity at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields in Indiana. She has also held a number of positions with museums across Europe as well as for organizations serving the museum industry, including at Cogapp, a digital content producer in Brighton, UK, the British Museum in London, the University Paris I-Sorbonne, and Antenna Audio in London. Silvia has degrees in History and Aesthetics and Art Sciences from the Universita degli Studi di Milano (Italy) and the Université Paris I-Sorbonne in Paris, where she received her PhD.
CFO & Deputy Director of Infrastructure
As CFO & Deputy Director of Infrastructure, Sayaka Araki leads the strategic business planning to meet The Newark Museum of Art's long range organizational goals. In addition, Araki directly monitors the institution’s financial performance, as well as engages and communicates with the Directors and various Board committees. She serves as a liaison with key members of the Museum to align them with the financial initiatives and goals. Prior to joining the Museum Museum, Araki was the Chief Financial Officer at The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Long Island City, NY. Araki served in a similar capacity at Hitachi Metals America, Ltd in Purchase, NY. She also held senior level positions at Equinox Holdings, Inc., KPMG LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP. Araki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Baruch College, part of The City University of New York. She is CPA-certified by New York State.