Armenian Museum of America Hires a New Executive Director

Watertown, MA, February 28, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Jennifer Liston Munson, Executive Director

Armenian Museum of America

The Board of Trustees at the Armenian Museum of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Liston Munson as the Armenian Museum’s next Executive Director.

Jennifer’s association with the organization first began in 2011 when she was introduced to the Museum by portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh’s widow, Estrellita Karsh as one of the leading design professionals from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It was at that time that Jennifer, along with her colleague Keith Crippen, transformed the first floor of the Museum in preparation for the Karsh: Celebrating Humanity and Highlights from the Collection exhibitions.

Following this transformational project, the Executive Committee at the Museum contracted Jennifer for a number of other projects. Her work has always been of the highest caliber and has brought a new level of excellence and awareness to the Armenian Museum. She designed the Simourian Family Galleries which feature the exhibition Objects That Transcend, a display of newly-acquired metalwork, and the Adel and Haig Der Manuelian Contemporary Galleries, where she curated and designed Scars of Silence, an installation of video and photographs by Nubar Alexanian that explores the subconscious suppression of loss by three generations of Armenian-Americans. In 2017, she worked with graphic designer Andrew Wollner to create the rebranding and identity program for the Museum, which draws from an expressive symbol of eternity carved on a 12th-century Armenian monastery to form a distinctive logo that, combined with the tagline art, culture, & eternity, sets the tone for the reinvention of the Museum.

During Jennifer’s association with the Armenian Museum, she developed a great love and passion for Armenian art, history, and culture. One of her many goals will be to develop programs and exhibitions to expand visibility to a wider audience within both the Armenian and non-Armenian communities. The Board feels extremely fortunate to have someone with her extensive experience and creativity leading the Museum at this pivotal time in the organization’s history.

Liston Munson received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Loughborough College of Art and Design in England. Prior to her work as a senior member of the Exhibitions and Design Department at the MFA, she was a 2001 Traveling Scholar at the MFA. Jennifer maintains a professional art practice. Her work is held in many corporate and private collections.

Wishing You a Joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We hope to see you in 2018 for new exhibitions, lectures, musical events, and gallery renovations. 

 Illumination of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Hand-copied in AD 1711 by Yeghia Marsvantsi Elijah of Marsvan. Donated to the Armenian Museum by Adele and Haig Der Manuelian.

Illumination of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Hand-copied in AD 1711 by Yeghia Marsvantsi Elijah of Marsvan. Donated to the Armenian Museum by Adele and Haig Der Manuelian.

GIVE THE GIFT OF ART AND CULTURE!

Giving to the Armenian Museum is a gift of art and culture this holiday season.

It shows that you value the commitment the Museum is making to display and create conversations around the long and complex history of Armenia. You can give to the General Museum Fund or the Children’s Program Fund or join or give a Membership to a friend or family member. Membership and Giving provides a full year of privileged access to our galleries, invitations to lectures, openings, and musical events, and provides discounts at the Museum shop and for Studio Class tuition.

Give a donation and/or purchase a gift membership online at armenianmuseum.org, over the phone by calling (617) 926.2562, or stop by at 65 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472, Thursday – Sunday, 12-6 pm.  

Chris Edwards: Changing gender in an Armenian family

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Watertown, November 2, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHRIS EDWARDS (ESKANDARIAN): Changing gender and the powerful role family played in his transition

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7 pm

Q&A and book signing/reception immediately following the presentation.

In honor of Transgender Awareness Month, Boston advertising creative director Chris Edwards, son of Ed & Nancy Eskandarian, discusses life before, during and after his gender transition in heartfelt and hilarious detail. He describes the fear and relief of coming out to his parents and sisters as well as his extended family of Armenians or “Armos” as he likes to call them, and explains the powerful role their support played in his success both at home and at work. His memoir BALLS: It Takes Some to Get Some is an Amazon bestseller, Foreword Reviews Indies gold-winner and rated one of the best books of the year by Shelf Awareness.

About Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards made his advertising debut in 1993 as a copywriter at Arnold Worldwide, a high-profile ad agency in Boston. There he used the principles of branding and marketing, along with his ever-present sense of humor, to orchestrate what was quite possibly the most widely accepted and embraced gender transition of its kind––at a time when the word “transgender” didn’t exist.

After building an award-winning career spanning nearly twenty years, Chris left his Arnold post as EVP, Group Creative Director to write his memoir, BALLS: It Takes Some to Get Some. Since then he’s become a sought-after speaker, keynoting at conferences and inspiring audiences at places like Apple, Google and Harvard with his courageous story and compelling message that we all have the power to control how others define us.

About the Armenian Museum of America

The Armenian Museum of America houses and preserves objects of art and culture collected from Armenian families and donors from around the world. The Museum holds its collection in trust for future generations as objects of witness and survival to serve as a record of Armenian creativity, ingenuity, and wisdom for those who are familiar with Armenian history and culture, as well as for those to whom these objects, manuscripts, and ephemera are a new experience.

Museum Website www.armenianmuseum.org

Museum Contact: Berj Chekijian
berjc@armenianmuseum.org
617-926-2562

Armenian Museum of America, 65 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472

Parking: Watertown Municipal lots behind the Museum.

Public Transportation: Bus 59 from Needham, 70 from Waltham Commuter
Rail/Cambridge Central Square, 70a from Waltham Commuter Rail/Cambridge Central Square, 71 from Harvard Square.

Museum Hours: Thursday–Sunday 12–6 pm, Wednesday by appointment.

Summer Studio Art Classes at the Armenian Museum of America!

summer studio art classes

The Museum is offering two art classes this summer for kids interested in learning to paint and draw among the objects in the galleries - SIGN UP SOON!

Painting and Drawing I

ages 6-10, July 11 - August 1, 2017
Tuesdays, 9:00 am - 11:00 am (4 Classes)

Painting and Drawing II

ages 11-14, July 13 - August 3, 2017
Thursdays, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (4 Classes)

Tuition $120, Members receive a 25% discount!

All materials will be provided: Gouache paints, brush sets, pallets, charcoal, graphite pencils, ink sets, sketchpads, and canvases.

Class size is limited to 12 students in each class.

Students will be introduced to key artistic methods at the heart of the drawing and painting process. Observational skills will be developed through experimentation with a variety of drawing and painting techniques, including gouache, watercolor, charcoal, graphite and colored pencils, and ink.

The Museum collection will be a source of inspiration and learning. Students will be exposed to art objects and artifacts in the galleries as sources of inspiration to create original works of self-expression.

About the instructor

Arevik Tserunyan is the 2017 Artist-in-Residence at the Museum. She received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2015 and has shown her work in Yerevan, Armenia, as well as in Boston, MA. Arevik has taught at Yerevan Pedagogical University and the School of Fine Arts for Children in Armenia and was a Teaching Assistant at the SMFA in Boston. Arevik is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian and brings her unique artistic perspective to these courses to help children explore ideas within the Museum setting.

For more information or to reserve your spot, call 617-926-2562 x4 or visit the Museum shop