Press release: Deanna Griffin joins the Saint Louis Art Museum as assistant director

By | July 23, 2018

Deanna Griffin

ST. LOUIS, July 23, 2018Deanna M. Griffin will join the Saint Louis Art Museum as assistant director for curatorial affairs and museum programs, the museum announced today.

Griffin will oversee the museum’s curators and educators as well as its Richardson Memorial Library. The hiring reflects a change in the museum’s management group that also included the recent promotions of Jeanette Fausz to assistant director for exhibitions and collections, and Mark Macinski to assistant director for operations and security.

Griffin currently is director of registration and collections management at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Before her five years in San Francisco, Griffin spent 20 years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in a succession of curatorial, research and administrative roles, culminating in three years as director of administration for the Art of Europe.

“The depth and breadth of Deanna’s experience will be a valuable addition to the leadership of the Saint Louis Art Museum,” said Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. “I am confident she will bring new insights to the work of our curators and educators.”

Griffin will bring diverse experiences in museum leadership to the position. While in Boston, she served on strategic planning and master site planning teams, and was the curatorial and conservation division representative on the Museum’s capital budget team. Griffin also served on the American Alliance of Museums task force that conceived of the Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal, and she has lectured and served on panels addressing topics ranging from museum administration, ethics and censorship to crisis management.

Griffin holds an undergraduate degree with honors in art history and a minor in French from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a graduate degree in art history with a museum studies certificate from Boston University. She attended a Getty Leadership Institute museum leadership program and earned a certificate in management from the Harvard University Extension School.

Griffin will begin work at the museum in August.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org