Holly Witchey, Adjunct Faculty
Holly Witchey has a Ph.D. in European Painting and Sculpture and thirty years of experience in museums and higher education. Dr. Witchey teaches graduate-level museum studies classes for Johns Hopkins University and Case Western Reserve University, and serves as a part-time project manager for Piction. in 2016 she launched Cleveland Philanthropy, a small educational 501(c)(3), because she believes that shared inspirational stories have the power to shape Cleveland’s future. She is also Senior Fellow for Museums for EdFutures, a US-based not-for-profit with a focus on education across the globe in four key areas: strategic leadership, research, policy, and practice.
Dr. Witchey served on the board of directors for MCN and as the AAM Board-appointed member of the National Committee for Archives, Libraries, and Museums (CALM). Other professional appointments include: (2004-2007) Chair of AAM’s Media and Technology Standing Professional Committee (M&T), (2010-2014) Co-Principal Investigator for the NMC Horizon Report>Museum Edition and lead blogger for MIDEA, a non-profit organization with the goal to provide practical knowledge about emerging technologies that museums can use to advance their missions (2011-2014).
From 1991-1999 she was Associate Curator of European Art and Manager of New Media at the San Diego Museum of Art, and from 2000-2009 she was Director of New Media at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Witchey is the author of “Progressive Vision the History of Downtown Cleveland (1986),” the co-author of “The Fine Arts in Cleveland: An Illustrated History (1994), “An Uncommon Mission” (2000), and, most recently, “Cocktail at the Museum.” From 2014-2016 she acted as Director of The Wade Project, Ohio a multi-year collaborative project. In 2016 she was named as one of the most interesting people in Cleveland by Cleveland Magazine.