Ensuring a Smooth Leadership Transition:
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, western Pennsylvania’s only museum dedicated to American art, features works by John Singleton Copley, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, and others, including the 19th-century Scalp Level School of landscape painters and 20th-century artists of regional and national repute drawn to record the industrial spectacle of Pittsburgh’s Big Steel era. Since a 2015 renovation and expansion, the museum has welcomed over 58,500 visitors to its exhibitions, education programs, and special events, increasing attendance by 27.5 percent over the 10-year historical average prior to the renovation.
The longtime director, only the second person to hold the post after nearly 60 years of operation, Judy O’Toole, retired in 2018, following 25 years of service. In June 2018, the museum hired Anne Kraybill, formerly of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, as its new director. A Foundation grant of $1,000,000 to support operations over two years will aid the museum in increasing attendance, earned income, outreach, and corporate sponsorships during the leadership transition.