Catalina Museum of Art and History announces Sheila Bergman, PhD, as the museum’s new executive director, effective April 18. Prior to joining the museum, Bergman served as executive director of UCR ARTS, the internationally acclaimed arts center at the University of California, Riverside (UCR).
“After nearly a year of searching for the perfect person to fill the position of new Executive Director, we are pleased to welcome Sheila to the Catalina Museum team,” said Ron Bevins, Chair of the Catalina Museum Board of Trustees. . “His extensive museum experience, development skills, and educational experience align with the museum’s goals and mission to provide acclaimed art and history exhibits, as well as enriching opportunities for locals. of Catalina and visitors.”
Under Bergman’s leadership, UCR ARTS recently received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in February 2022. During his tenure, Bergman has curated visually stunning exhibitions, including Social Justice Sewing Academy (2020- 2021), Chris Jordon: Intolerable Beauty (2019-2020) and Contemporary Mexican Photography (2017-2018), which opened at the Catalina Museum on March 19, 2022.
Prior to UCR ARTS, Bergman held leadership positions in the UC system, from Asst. Dean of External Affairs at UCLA to the Director of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. She served as executive director of the Emeryville Center for the Arts and PS Arts, an organization dedicated to restoring the arts in education in Santa Monica. She spent seven years as the director of arts and education programming at Zeum in San Francisco, an art and technology museum for young people. Bergman began her career as associate director of the Strand Theatre/M. Harriet McCormick Center for the Arts in Boston and as co-director of Anthology Film Archives, a film museum in New York.
Growing up in the Los Angeles area, Bergman has long visited Catalina Island with family and friends. Her family’s bond with the island was further strengthened when her daughter was married at Descanso Beach. She is also an avid sea kayaker and looks forward to exploring the many coves and beaches around the island.
“I am thrilled to join the Catalina Museum for Art & History and look forward to working with the museum’s dedicated Board of Trustees and talented staff to accomplish remarkable things together,” said Bergman. “Thanks to the strategic work of the former director, the Catalina Museum has a solid foundation to build on, so that we can confidently move forward with its next chapter of innovation, engagement and growth.”
Bergman holds a doctorate in human and organizational development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, where she studied curatorial practices in contemporary art museums. She holds a Master of Arts from Fielding Graduate University, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State University, a Stanford University Certificate for Arts Leaders at nonprofit and a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Theatrical Arts from Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles.
For more information on the Catalina Museum of Art and History, visit CatalinaMuseum.org.