Museums Alaska has hired Bianca Carpeneti of Juneau as its new executive director. The selection was made after a statewide search process. “The Board is ecstatic to welcome Bianca to this position,” says Angela Linn, President of Museums Alaska. “She is an emerging professional who has shown she is committed to the statewide-outreach mission of Museums Alaska. We are anxious to see how she uses her enthusiasm and passion for advocacy and administration to help propel Museums Alaska forward.”
Carpeneti, who holds an MPhil in Cultural Heritage & Museums from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Classics and Archaeology from Stanford, has worked as a special editor for the Cambridge Scholars Press and in Alaska as a campaign manager, a legislative aide, and as a collections technician at the Alaska State Museum. She will be responsible for providing a central office for Museums Alaska, administering two statewide grant programs and assisting with the coordination of the annual conference held in conjunction with the Alaska Historical Society each fall.
Ellen Carrlee, Conservator at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau has worked with Bianca for years. “So few folks in Alaska, or even nationally, specialize in the kinds of arts administration issues that thrill Bianca. As someone who has been engaged with Alaskan museums all her life, she’s got her finger on the pulse of big ideas and yet understands the unique constraints and opportunities we’ve got in this state.”
Bianca follows outgoing director, Heather Beggs, who leaves the position February 28. Heather has been hired as a Diplomat with the U.S. Department of State and will begin her first post in Milan, Italy in late October after training in Washington, D.C.