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Chris Dietze. Photo by Christopher Myers.
Chris Dietze. Photo by Christopher Myers.

Museum Creates New Chief Innovation Officer Position to Support Marketing and Digital Content Initiatives Throughout the Museum

BALTIMORE, MD (June 12, 2018)—The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced the appointments of four members to the senior leadership team guiding the museum. Chief Operating Officer Christine Dietze and Chief Education Officer Gamynne Guillotte are both internal promotions, while Chief Advancement Officer Heather Hueglin Marchese and Chief Innovation Officer Melanie Martin are new to the organization.

“The BMA’s greatest assets are our world-renowned collection and the talented and dedicated staff who make possible everything we do,” said Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. “I am extremely pleased to have this outstanding team with considerable experience in place as we embark on a new vision for the museum.”

Chief Operating Officer Christine Dietze
Christine Dietze oversees the museum’s finance, human resources, retail, facility operations, program planning, and facility rentals. Dietze served as Interim Co-Director of the museum from 2015 to 2016 and worked during the previous decade as Deputy Director of Finance and Administration. From 2004 to 2006, Dietze was Associate Producer and General Manager of Ford’s Theater Society in Washington, DC. She has also worked as General Manager (2000-2004) and Director of Finance (1999-2000) for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and General Manager of the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI (1996-1999). She has served as the Board Treasurer for the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance  since 2013. Dietze holds an MFA in Theatre Management from Yale University and a BA in English and Business from Boston University.

Chief Education Officer Gamynne Guillotte
Gamynne Guillotte is responsible for the strategy and realization of interpretive projects, educational resources, public programs, and visitor engagement. She has served as the BMA’s Interim Co-Deputy Director of Education and Interpretation since 2015, Director of Interpretation and Public Engagement since 2013, and Manager of Interpretation from 2012 to 2013. Prior to joining the BMA, she was a designer and project manager at Narduli Studio in Los Angeles (2006–2012). Guillotte also worked as the Education Program Coordinator for the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in Los Angeles (2000-2003). Guillotte currently serves on the Affiliates Board for the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University. Since 2013, she has been involved with the Association of Art Museum Interpretation and is a project contributor to the Museums as a Site for Social Action (MASS Action) initiative. Guillotte holds an M.Arch. from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a BA in Art History and Architectural History from Sarah Lawrence College.

Chief Advancement Officer Heather Hueglin Marchese
Heather Hueglin Marchese leads the BMA’s Advancement Division, which includes philanthropy, sponsorship, donor engagement, annual giving, and capital campaigns. Prior to joining the BMA, Marchese was the Managing Director of Major & Planned Giving at Maryland Public Television since 2012. She was previously Director of Development and Campaign Manager at the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business (2007-2012), and director of Development at the Maryland Institute College of Art (2003-2006) and the Contemporary Museum (2002-2003). Marchese has an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a BA in Art History and Museum Studies from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.

Chief Innovation Officer Melanie Martin
As the BMA’s first Chief Innovation Officer, Martin leads the Digital Experience & Communications Division to develop cutting-edge branding and marketing strategies with a focus on digital media. She joins the BMA from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, where she worked as Digital Media Manager (2016-2018) and User Experience Design Manager (2014-2016). Prior to the Holocaust Museum, Martin was the Director of Digital Products (2012-2014) and Digital Production Editor (2010-2012) for Washingtonian Magazine. Martin has an MA in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University and a BA in Fine Art and Communication from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD.

About the Baltimore Museum of Art

Founded in 1914, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) inspires people of all ages and backgrounds through exhibitions, programs, and collections that tell an expansive story of art—challenging long-held narratives and embracing new voices. Our outstanding collection of more than 95,000 objects spans many eras and cultures and includes the world’s largest public holding of works by Henri Matisse; one of the nation’s finest collections of prints, drawings, and photographs; and a rapidly growing number of works by contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds. The museum is also distinguished by a neoclassical building designed by American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped gardens featuring an array of modern and contemporary sculpture. The BMA is located three miles north of the Inner Harbor, adjacent to the main campus of Johns Hopkins University, and has a community branch at Lexington Market. General admission is free so that everyone can enjoy the power of art.

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