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Catherine Anchin joins Arlington Arts Center from the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, where she led advancement and external affairs. In this role, she managed fundraising, communications, and marketing strategies to expand the museum’s global audiences, increase its visibility, and grow its revenue and base of supporters.
Catherine brings extensive experience in arts fundraising and administration, as well as a commitment to contemporary visual arts. Her career has included tenures at major national and regional museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio.
She holds an MA in Museum Studies and a BA in Art History from Syracuse University, as well as a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University. An Arlington, Virginia resident since 2007, she and her family currently live in the Westover neighborhood.
Blair Murphy joined AAC as curator of exhibitions in 2018 and served as Acting Director from October of 2020 until May of 2021. She has fifteen years of experience as a curator, writer, and arts manager in the DC metro area and New York. Her past curatorial projects include exhibitions at Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Flashpoint (Washington, DC), Field Projects (New York, NY), The Kitchen (New York, NY), Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC), VisArts Rockville (Rockville, MD), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2014 to 2015, a partner at Field Projects, an artist-run project space in New York, from 2015 to 2016, and program director at Washington Projects for the Arts from 2011 to 2013. She holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA from Georgetown University.
Amanda Jirón-Murphy is an independent curator and creative consultant living and working in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in Art History from John Cabot University in Rome, Italy and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art and Connoisseurship from Christie’s Education in London, England. Following her studies she was awarded internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy and The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, where she subsequently worked for five years developing the museum’s adult education programming. From 2012 – 2019 she was the Gallery Director at Hamiltonian, where she directed and curated exhibitions, art fairs, and projects for an international roster of over forty emerging and mid-career artists. Jirón-Murphy has served as a guest speaker and panel moderator at cultural institutions including The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, George Washington University’s Textile Museum, Smithsonian’s Luce Foundation for American Art, The National Museum of Women and the Arts and The Maryland Institute College of Art, where she curated the 1st Year Juried Show in 2018. Her writings have appeared in online journals The Rib and DIRT DMV.
Before joining AAC’s staff as the Education Coordinator, Lia Ferro was an art instructor for Arlington Arts Center and other arts programs in the DC metro area. Lia is an artist and native Arlingtonian with a passion for arts education. As someone who struggled with academics in her younger years, Lia is very passionate about providing creative outlets for children, teens, and adults to express themselves. Lia received her BS from Virginia Commonwealth University in Sociology and Gender, Sex, and Women’s Studies. In her art practice, Lia works exclusively with repurposed materials and canvas in order to create more environmentally responsible art.
Olivia Tripp Morrow
Community Engagement Co-Chair
Community Engagement Co-Chair