The Bruce Museum in Greenwich announced on Tuesday the appointment of Carolyn Hamrak as Chief Financial Officer.
Ms. Hamrak, an accomplished finance professional in the nonprofit and for-profit service sector, joined the museum on July 5, 2022.
Ms. Hamrak comes to The Bruce with over 30 years of diverse financial experience, including various tax management roles with cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Botanical Garden.
“Carolyn is a seasoned financial professional with a strong background in non-profit arts and culture organizations. We believe she is the ideal person to work with staff to usher in the next era of the Bruce Museum,” said Robert Wolterstorff, Chief Executive Officer of the Bruce Museum, in a statement.
In her new role, Ms. Hamrak will lead the strategy and financial management of the Bruce Museum during a period of exciting expansion and rapid growth.
“I am honored and thrilled to join the Bruce Museum in this capacity during this transformation,” Hamrak said in the statement. “I look forward to working with the many dedicated and talented people at the Museum to support and enhance the Museum’s financial goals and strategy.
Previously Senior Director of Finance for the New York Common Pantry, Ms. Hamrak was responsible for the overall financial management of the organization and oversaw human resources. As Senior Financial Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she managed finances for the museum education and concert and conference departments. Prior to her role at the Met, Carolyn was Director of Budget Operations and Earned Revenue at the New York Botanical Garden and was a Senior Financial Analyst at the Metropolitan Opera. His experience in the for-profit sector began as a business analyst for a commercial real estate management company. She then moved into the financial services industry where she held various analyst positions at Bankers Trust and JP Morgan. A graduate of St. John’s University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in finance. She is also a non-profit Chartered Accountant with a certificate from Fiscal Management Associates in New York. For the nationwide search, the Museum retained the services of executive search consultants from the National Executive Service Corps.
Located in Bruce Park overlooking Greenwich Harbour, the Bruce Museum is a world-class community institution that offers a changing range of exhibits and educational programs to promote
understanding and appreciation of art and science.
For more than a century, the Bruce Museum has delighted and engaged its visitors by presenting exceptional exhibits on art, science and the intersections between the two disciplines. Ahead of its time when textile merchant Robert Moffat Bruce (1822-1909) designed the museum and bequeathed the building to the City of Greenwich in 1908, the museum is at the heart of contemporary efforts to bring art and culture together. science, technology and creativity. , creating moments of discovery and dialogue. The first exhibition at the Bruce Museum was in 1912 and featured works by local artists known as the Greenwich Society of Artists, several of whom were members of the Cos Cob Art Colony. Their works formed the core of the Museum’s art collections and continue to be the strength of a collection that has grown to focus on world art from 1850 to the present day. Other highlights include ancient Chinese sculpture, Native American art, the Hudson River School, modernist works on paper, and photography.
Over the years, the community, through its generosity, has built the Museum’s varied collection to nearly 25,000 objects. The first directors of the Museum pursued a parallel development of the natural sciences, strengthening the collections of minerals and birds.
In 2019, the AAM-accredited museum broke ground on its current expansion project, which will take the building from 33,000 to over 70,000 square feet. The New Bruce will feature state-of-the-art exhibition, education and community spaces including: a changing art gallery and five new permanent galleries
in the new William L. Richter Art Wing; a changing gallery for science; a new permanent science exhibit, Natural Cycles Shape Our Land; three new classrooms in the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Education Wing; and a bistro, auditorium and large hall. The new building connects the Museum to its scenic Bruce Park setting in a dramatic new way. The new Bruce campus will feature a landscaped walking path lined with sculptures and spaces for relaxation and contemplation – natural enhancements to Bruce Park and an anchor connection to the Greenwich Avenue Mall. The official opening of the New Bruce is scheduled for spring 2023.