The Washington County Museum is thrilled to announce new Co-Directors, Molly Alloy and Nathanael Andreini. The Co-Directorship model advances the museum’s more collaborative direction and doubles the energy devoted to stabilizing and refreshing the independent non-profit’s work. Alloy and Andreini share a dedication to protecting the museum’s vast collections and archives while integrating arts, equity work, and community engagement into all aspects of the organization.
Both are coming from positions within the museum – Andreini has been the Director of Education for two and a half years, and Alloy joined the team as Community Engagement Coordinator a year ago. Together they have over 30 years of experience in museums, education, curation, marketing, and project management. Arts integration and collaborative approaches are areas of deep strength for both of them – this is the foundation of their partnership as leaders.
Andreini (he/him) is an educator and artist who has dedicated his career to community-facing roles grounded in collaboration, culturally responsive pedagogy, and team development. Andreini received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a Master of Arts in International Education & Transcultural Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2014, Andreini received a Fulbright Award and spent 18 months in Slovenia facilitating public and youth-focused programs for public schools and cultural institutions including Janka Modra Middle School, Open Space Performing Arts, and the Museum of Transitory Art.
“Over the past 18 years,” he shares, “I’ve been able to maintain a commitment to providing improved access and support to adults, youth, and families, helping them pursue opportunities and education. That element of my work has remained a throughline in a variety of contexts both in the United States and internationally.” His work with the museum already evidences that commitment through new public programs that expand its geographic and demographic reach in the County.
Alloy (they/them) is a collaborative project manager and designer specializing in organizational structures and workflow, as well as a sculptor and installation artist. Alloy holds a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from Skidmore College and a Master of Fine Art from Pacific Northwest College of Art. In addition to fifteen years of independent consulting work, Alloy has worked with City Museum (St. Louis, MO) the Tang Teaching Museum (Saratoga Springs, NY) and locally with Vestas American Wind Technology, The Oregon Department of Agriculture, PCUN (the region’s largest farm workers union), Self Enhancement, Inc., and many others. Alloy was a founding member of the queer curatorial project First Brick and has already brought their curatorial skillset to the Washington County Museum, bringing artists into the Free Family Morning program and as Guest Curator of the exhibit AgriCulture: Shaping Land and Lives in the Tualatin Valley, on view until June 8th.
Alloy and Andreini have demonstrated strong leadership together over their year as colleagues at the museum. “Nathanael had brought the values of inclusion and engagement to the museum before I joined the team, so my experience with developing more equitable organizational structures feathered in perfectly with the direction his work was heading”, notes Alloy. “We are really aligned in our fundamental values,” adds Andreini, “and we both see the role of the museum in the community as one of being receptive listeners and facilitators of their stories. We feel so fortunate that the Board of Directors has empowered us to further enact that as Co-Directors.”
Each of them are accomplished artists as well. Alloy’s personal research and art practices mine their history and bodily experiences to explore the idea that visibility and survival are reproductive and community building acts, specifically with regard to queer and trans people. Alloy has been exhibited in solo shows at Chashama (New York, NY), Beverly Gallery (St. Louis, MO) and Cascade Gallery (Portland, OR) among others, and in group shows nationally. They are the recipient of the 2003 Margaret Mergentine Award for Excellence in Fiber Arts, the 2017 Artist in Residency with the Oregon Bee Project, and 2019 PLAYA Summer Lake artist residency. Andreini’s interdisciplinary and collaborative projects intersect visual and performing arts, curatorial projects, site-specific installation, and experiential education. He has performed, curated, and exhibited in a variety of locations including the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Sapporo, Japan), Museum of Contemporary Art – Metelkova (Ljubljana, Slovenia), ABC No Rio (New York, NY), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Portland, OR), University of Victoria (British Columbia), and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta, GA), and many more.
Alloy describes the utility of their art backgrounds in a museum with history and culture roots: “The artistic skills of creative imagination and problem solving allow us to have big, visionary aspirations for the museum and to lay clear logistical pathways for enacting those visions.” That’s a cherry on top of their combined professional experience tending institutions’ financial and organizational well-being. With the support of a strong board and capable staff, these two are ready to ensure that the museum remains a treasure for the Tualatin Valley’s new and established residents and visitors for many years to come.