Carnegie Museum of Art Eliminates Seven Staff Positions

The Carnegie Museum of Art eliminated six full-time and one part-time staff position this week in an effort to make up for a $300,000 deficit in its $10 million annual operating budget.

Positions were terminated in all departments, including curatorial, marketing, publications, and education; however senior staff remains in an attempt to cushion the impact to programming.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that museum director Lynn Zelevansky met with trustees and informed staff members on Thursday afternoon.

“The challenge for museums like us is for revenue to keep pace with expenses. You really have to try to find ways to do that,” Zelevansky noted.

The museum shares a portion of its resources with the other Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, which includes the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Andy Warhol Museum, and the Carnegie Science Center.

The restructuring is the result of an ongoing structural deficit in the operating budget that wasn’t detected until recently. “We were running surpluses in past years, and that’s why we didn’t notice it at first. But the sources of funding that allowed for those surpluses are no longer here,” media relations manager Jonathan Gaugler told artnet News.

While the museum was unable to reveal which specific curatorial positions were eliminated, Zelevansky told the Gazette that fine arts and decorative arts will now share an assistant curator and a curatorial assistant.

The museum will now have 56 employees on payroll. However, the human resources, central development, finance, facilities, planning, and security personnel used by the museum are on central payroll with the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

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