Buffalo, NY — The Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced that Dr. Jennifer Foley has been appointed to the position of Director of Education and Community Engagement. Dr. Foley brings a wealth of experience to the museum, having served in a number of key roles at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Most recently, she held the position of Director of Interpretation at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where she managed the development of digital interpretive materials and multimedia content and oversaw the department’s myriad programming activities.
In addition to her work inside the museum, Dr. Foley is also a passionate advocate for community engagement. As the Paul Mellon Collection Educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, she developed and implemented collection–based programming for adult and intergenerational audiences with partner organizations across Virginia. She also designed, developed, and managed ArtSmarts, a model program for integrating museum collections into K–12 education.
Dr. Foley has focused her career on fostering excellence and innovation in the practice of museum education. She has been a key member of the team that created the CMA's collection app, ArtLens, which has won awards from both Museums and the Web and the American Alliance of Museums.
Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Dr. Janne Sirén said, “Jennifer’s appointment underscores our commitment to excellence in education and poises the museum to become an even more vibrant hub where people from all walks of life can connect with art, ideas, and one another.”