Muckenthaler Cultural Center Welcomes Two Key Appointments to Leadership Team
Lisa M. Berman joins the center as curator and Shereen Youssef as director of development.
— Farrell Hirsch, CEO of Muck
FULLERTON, CA, USA, April 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Muckenthaler Cultural Center is pleased to announce the appointment of two key staff members to the center’s leadership team – Lisa M. Berman as Curator of Exhibits of the Gallery & sculpture garden and Shereen Youssef as Director of Development.
In her new role, Shereen Youssef will bridge her experience in philanthropy with his passion for the arts. Youssef earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from California State University, Long Beach and continued his education by earning a Masters in Business with a focus in Strategic and Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. She is the founding director of Create a Smile, a non-profit organization serving children battling cancer, and has extensive experience in banking, healthcare administration and business development. .
Lisa M. Berman comes to The Muck with international expertise in design, sculpture, wearable art, jewelry, fashion and public art. She holds degrees in plastics technology from Cal. State University Long Beach, Product & Jewelry Design from Otis College of Art and Design and Merchandising/Marketing from FIDM. Since 1999, Berman has been the “visionary owner” of Sculpture To Wear Gallery and founder of the Berman Arts Agency, which has placed works of art in the permanent museum collections of LACMA, the Smithsonian, the Getty, and the National Comedy Center. She is the former director/co-founder of the 4-acre Oropeza Sculpture Garden in Irvine, CA. and has served on the Board of Trustees of the OTIS College of Art and Design, Public Relations Chair of the Fashion Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Museum Collections Board of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and was named to the advisory board of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Renee C. Byer’s nonprofit, Positive Change Can Happen. She also contributes as a writer to OverJewels, Art Jewelry Forum, US Lifestyle, Local Arts & Artistar Publications.
On joining the center, Berman comments, “The Muck is an exciting place with its commitment to legacy, continued growth and community service. This position gives me the freedom to use my expertise in a variety of ways incorporating the exhibition gallery, the sculpture garden and now the museum store into a cohesive brand. Collaborating with award-winning artists, talented staff as well as students of all ages adds to the indelible ART experience.
The two join The Muck at an important time, as he leads a successful fundraising campaign to replace his outdated classroom space with a modern, multidisciplinary art studio. The Muck has also recently increased the value of its “Permanent Collection” tenfold by launching a Sculpture Garden and acquiring several masterpieces by artists with works as diverse as Florence Arnold, Salvador Dali and the very famous collection of ceramics by Bill Stern. The collection is on display in the Alcove Gallery and a larger presentation is planned for the summer.
Muck CEO Farrell Hirsch said, “Bringing these two amazing women to our team is both a result of our incredible growth over the past five years and the best way to ensure that she will continue.
Muck’s mission is to spark the imagination and encourage creativity in their community through art exhibits, music and community outreach, all made possible through the innovative use of the historic grounds of Mukenthaler. We welcome new visitors and are open to creation
The estate, consisting of an 18-room mansion and surrounding 8.5-acre grounds, was built in 1925 by Walter and Adella Muckenthaler and has been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places since 1999. In 1965, Harold Muckenthaler donates the mansion to the city of Fullerton, with the request that his childhood home be used as a public cultural center.
Fifty-seven years later, the Muck continues this legacy. Each year, the center hosts more than 60 performances, gallery exhibitions, festivals and special events. They offer over 6,000 hours of arts education classes, both on-site and at 42 outreach sites that serve over 43,000 people each year. The unique and photogenic mansion and grounds also host approximately 75 weddings each year.
The Muck received the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Quality of Life Award for Best Non-Profit Organization and the Arts Orange County 2010 Arts Program of the Year Award.
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, affectionately known as Muck, is located at 1201 West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92833. For more information, please visit www.TheMuck.org.
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