Meet our Senior Leadership

Jeffrey N. Brown
CEO and Director

Jeffrey Brown was selected by the Board of Trustees in October 2021 to serve as CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, having served as Interim CEO and Director since April 2021, and as a Trustee since 2012. He has previously served as a senior executive of Newman’s Own, the family of companies founded by actor Paul Newman and senior executive at Webster Financial Corp. At Newman’s Own, he served as the President of three subsidiary companies including the licensing arm of the organization, where he oversaw the use of all Newman’s Own marks and Paul Newman’s intellectual property rights. He also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of both Newman’s Own Foundation, the parent organization, and the food company Newman’s Own, Inc. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Webster Financial Corporation and Webster Bank N.A. in Waterbury, Connecticut. He is an Honorary Trustee of The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and serves as a director of the Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation. His past affiliations include membership on the advisory board of the Yale Center for Consumer Insights and as the founding president of the Harold Webster Smith Foundation. He is a chair emeritus of the Communications Council of the American Bankers Association, a former representative to the Financial Services Roundtable, and a past vice chairman of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center.

Matthew Hargraves
Interim Robert H. Schutz Jr. Chief Curator

Matthew Hargraves joined the Wadsworth in 2021 as Interim Robert H. Schutz Jr. Chief Curator after having served for nearly a decade as Chief Curator of Art Collections at the Yale Center for British Art. Hargraves is an art historian specializing in the history of British art, especially the art of the eighteenth century. He holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and a BA from the University of Warwick. At the Wadsworth, he oversees the curatorial and conservation departments as well as the Auerbach Art Library and exhibition program. Hargraves is the author a variety of publications including Candidates for Fame: The Society of Artists of Great Britain (Yale University Press, 2006); Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2007); and A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany (Paul Holberton, 2014). At the Yale Center he oversaw the cataloguing and digitization of the collections and their dissemination online in 2011 and led the complete reinstallation of the collections when the Center reopened in 2016 after a two-year renovation closure. That installation, Britain in the World, puts British art in a global context, tracing the relationship between art and Britain’s imperial ambitions from the sixteenth century to today.

Anne Butler Rice
Georgette Auerbach Koopman Director of Education

Anne Butler Rice oversees programs for multiple audiences, including the museum’s public programs, academic programs and internships, preK–12 school tours and professional development services for teachers, youth and community programs, the docent program, and visitor services. Rice managed public programs at the Wadsworth before becoming department director in 2016. During her tenure she helped secure NEH funding to imagine and create the museum’s Cabinet of Art and Curiosities and its digital interactive; has brought notable artists, critics and scholars to the museum to enliven the public experience of art; played a leading role in the Community Engagement Initiative; and launched Second Saturdays for Families, one of the museum’s most successful mission-driven programs for children and families. Previously, she was the Museum Educator for Teacher Programs at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She began her museum education career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has held lecturing and teaching positions at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Cloisters branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cathedral and Treasury of St. Mary in Aachen, Germany, and at Brandeis University. She holds a BA in the History of Art and Religion from Bowdoin College, and an MA in Religion with a concentration in Art History from Yale University.

Linda Horvitz Roth
Director of Curatorial Special Projects and Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts

Linda Horvitz Roth has been a member of the curatorial department at the Wadsworth since 1980. In that time, she has organized several exhibitions, including J. Pierpont Morgan, Collector: European Decorative Arts from the Wadsworth Atheneum (1987); Theater, Dance, and Porcelain in the Eighteenth Century (2004–2005); and Morgan: Mind of the Collector (2017). In 2000 she published French Eighteenth-Century Porcelain at the Wadsworth Atheneum: the J. Pierpont Morgan Collection and is also the author of several articles on eighteenth and nineteenth century French porcelain. Roth was co-curator of the 2015 re-installation of European art at the Wadsworth following major gallery renovation and of the recent installation, Stories in Ivory and Wood, told by Master Carvers (2021–22). Roth attended Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, earning a B.A. in Art History, and later an M.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Cecil B. Adams
Director of Facilities & Capital Projects

Cecil B. Adams has over 42 years of professional museum experience at the Wadsworth. He has served in many roles in the curatorial and exhibitions departments and is currently the Director of Facilities and Capital Projects. Primarily focused on exhibition design and production, he has worked on over 425 exhibitions across genre, medium, place, and time. Recently, he has created an in-depth Capital Improvement Plan for the facility, which spans five connected buildings that encompass 50,000 square feet of gallery space, as well as a plan for capital replacement that stretches into the future. He cherishes his work with MATRIX artists and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, past work with Randolph Simpson and leading community group galleries including the CRT Craftery Gallery in the 1980’s, and artists from Sol LeWitt to Keith Haring, the Baron Thyssen Collection to Sam Wagstaff’s extraordinary Photography Collection, and Impressionist Art, Baroque art, African American Art, Art by leading Women artists, and all forms of sculpture, both kinetic and conceptual. Most important to him are the personal relationships he has developed with curators, directors, visitors, and patrons over the years. These creative partners paired with the ability to have a fantastic art experience every day, make his work a true labor of love. His design experience, knowledge of the facility, and love of artworks ensures a meaningful visitor experience.

Mary Busick
Chief Registrar

Mary Busick organizes all registration and collections management at the Wadsworth, including in-house, co-organized, and traveling exhibitions; the outgoing loans program; special projects; and other permanent collection needs. She instructs and educates volunteers, interns, and staff on all aspects regarding registration and collections management, museum policy and procedures, methodology, and best practices. Busick also supports access to the collection by researchers. In her present position since 2021, she served previously as Registrar for Loans and Exhibitions, Associate Registrar, and Assistant Registrar at the Wadsworth, where she began as an intern two decades ago. She has also served since 2016 as staff liaison to the Costume & Textile Society of the Wadsworth and has shared her expertise with various constituencies in gallery talks and presentations. Mary is a past board member of the Registrar’s Committee of the American Alliance of Museums and served for a decade as co-chair of the New England Museum Association Registrar’s Committee. She is a graduate of The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and has chaired numerous panels and made professional presentations at the International Registrar’s Symposium, American Alliance of Museums, and New England Museum Association.

Tracey Krasniewski
Director of Finance

Since November 2021, Tracey Krasniewski has served as a member of the senior leadership team overseeing all financial and accounting matters ensuring transparency, oversight, sustainability, and compliance. She previously spent nearly 18 years as Assistant Director of Finance with The Salvation Army, where she led day-to-day financial operations, including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, payroll and grants/fundraising administration. Her responsibilities included preparing, analyzing and interpreting financial reports, including monthly debt analysis, comparison to budget, and trend analysis. Previously, she was Controller at Fischer Technology and Accounting Director at The Merallis Company. Krasniewski earned a Bachelor of Science at Virginia Wesleyan College.

Michelle McFarland
Head of Visitor Experience & Services

As Head of Visitor Experience & Services at the Wadsworth, Michelle McFarland is the leading visitor experience champion in the organization, with responsibilities for admission sales, visit planning, way finding, membership sales and data collection, and monitoring visitor feedback, to ensure a positive visitor experience with the goal of fostering a desire for further engagement with the museum. Prior to joining the Wadsworth in 2022, Michelle McFarland was Outreach & Program Coordinator for the Hartford Public Library, capping more than two decades at the Library, beginning as a Library Assistant in 1996, followed by leadership positions as Branch Manager and Director of Branch Services. In her most recent position, she was responsible for identifying, evaluating, promoting, connecting and collaborating with groups and organizations across the city.

Hollis Dorman
Interim Director of Development

Hollis Dorman has served as a development professional for over 35 years and joined the Wadsworth in 2021. She served as the first planned gift director at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and has worked as a planned gift officer for social service and collegiate programs for local, national, and international organizations including American Associates of Ben Gurion University and Manhattan School of Music. During her career she has coordinated annual, capital, and endowment campaigns in addition to her work in gift planning. Beginning in 2011 Dorman served Senior Development Officer at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford where she provided oversight for the planned gift program for the Foundation, and worked with donors, advisors, and communal organizations to establish endowment funds. She has served on the boards of the Estate and Business Planning Council of Greater Hartford and the Charitable Gift Planners of Connecticut. She received her bachelor’s degree from Russell Sage College and a master’s degree from the University of Hartford.