T he Board of Trustees of the Slate Valley Museum Foundation is pleased to announce that Krista Rupe, a museum and communications professional with local roots, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Slate Valley Museum.

Rupe will join the museum in May after several years of working in the arts, culture, music, and publishing industries in New York City. She most recently served as Library Marketing Coordinator and eBooks QA Editor at Penguin Random House Books. Her previous professional experience includes positions as Special Projects Manager for the Gilder Lehrman Collection at the New York Historical Society, Consultant and Senior Music Publicist for Adam Kluger Public Relations, and Account Executive at marketing services company ElectricArtists.

In addition to her extensive and diverse career, Rupe holds a graduate degree from the highly regarded Bank Street College of Education. She has also dedicated significant amounts of time to volunteerism, specifically in the museum field. Her volunteer experience includes The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Noguchi Museum, Crest Arts Festival, as well as service on the New York City Museum Education Roundtable.

In addition to her professional experience, training, expertise, and volunteerism, Rupe will come to the museum with a greater than average knowledge of the slate industry and the local region. Her family set roots in the Slate Valley and began working in the slate industry in 1900s. Their ties to the industry continue today.

Rupe herself grew up in Poultney, Vt. and received her undergraduate degree in Communication & Media Studies from Fordham University. During her undergraduate days, she more than once explored topics from the Slate Valley Museum in research projects and papers.

“The Slate Valley Museum being a heritage and art focused museum combines everything I enjoy and celebrate about cultural institutions,” said Rupe. “I look forward to joining them during their 20th anniversary year to promote the important work they do and the cultural resource they provide to the community. I’m excited to return to the Slate Valley region, the place I first learned the joy museums.”

“Krista’s local background and interest, along with her time in the museum field and in marketing have made her the perfect choice for us. She is very aware of our focus on increasing promotion of the museum in the Slate Valley and the greater region,” noted the museum’s Board President Molly Celani. “We are so excited to welcome her as our new director.”

Rupe will assume leadership from Sarah Kijowski, who has served as the museum’s interim director since November 2013. Kijowski will depart the museum in late May.

“Sarah has done a masterful job of helping us through our leadership transition. She will leave after leading us through the launch of the successful 2014 Slate as Muse National Art Exhibition, as well as our biggest ever Slate Valley Festival of Trees. She has also helped to coordinate and plan our 20th year exhibition and program schedule, which is allowing for a seamless transition to take place in the Director position,” added Celani.

Rupe will join the museum in mid-May, just in time to help launch the museum’s 20th anniversary year

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