Chris Siefert Named Deputy Director of Parrish Art Museum

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.
The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Photo credit: Jarno Huttunen

Chris Siefert has been selected by Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan and the Board of Trustees as the organization’s new Deputy Director.

“As the Museum approaches a new benchmark with our five-year anniversary in 2017, having Chris’s level of experience and expertise will be key not only to our daily operations, but also to our strategic planning and vision for the future,” Sultan says. “Chris brings new ideas and fresh vision to the Parrish, and I am looking forward to working with him to ensure that the Museum grows and prospers.”

In addition to his experience in teaching, capital projects, landscape architecture and public art, Siefert has an extensive background in museums, including Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh as Deputy Director (2007-2016), Project Manager (2000-2005), and Director of Exhibits (1998–2000). He holds a BS in landscape architecture from Cornell University and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Over the course of his career, Siefert has received an AIA Public Space Award, Times Project Organization Public Artwork Grant and other honors at various museums, schools and organizations.

Chris Siefert
Chris Siefert, Photo: Courtesy Parrish Art Museum

“This opportunity at the Parrish Art Museum is very exciting to me on several fronts,” Siefert says. “My experience in managing an ambitious expansion of an institution and contributing to its new vision offer unique parallels to my role as Deputy Director of the Parrish. In addition, the Parrish is an institution I know from my childhood, frequently visiting the Museum at its previous location in Southampton with my family. I remember it as an intimate and welcoming place that fed our imaginations and allowed us to freely explore. It’s clear that sense of cultural obligation has been enhanced with the Parrish’s relocation to its extraordinary facility in Water Mill.”

Siefert’s new position begins on July 1.

Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. For more information, call 631-283-2118 and visit

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