Ramona Bronkar Bannayan has been with the Museum since 1990, and was named Senior Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections in 2011, after being named Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections in 2010. Previously, she was the Director of Collection Management and Exhibition Registration.
As a member of the senior management team, Ms. Bannayan is responsible for a staff of more than 100, representing six divisions: exhibition design and production, exhibition planning and administration, registrar, art handling, collection and exhibition technologies, and imaging and visual resources. She oversees the administration of the entire roster of temporary exhibitions, gallery rotations, performance, film, and collection shows, supervising an annual program of approximately 50 on-site presentations. In addition, she oversees the Museum’s outgoing loan program and touring exhibition program, developing collaborations with other museums on jointly organized exhibitions at venues worldwide. She manages a collection of more than 200,000 works of art, 125,000 square feet of exhibition galleries, and a 140,000-square-foot offsite storage facility with approximately 60,000 square feet devoted to art storage.
From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Bannayan served as a Project Leader with Matters in Media Art, a collaborative project intended to develop and publish guidelines for the care of time-based media artworks (e.g., video, film, audio, and software-based installations).
Ms. Bannayan has a BFA (1983) from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and an MFA (1986) in visual arts from Columbia University, where she graduated with honors. Since graduation, Ms. Bannayan has maintained her studio practice. She has been a member of ArtTable and the American Alliance of Museums, and currently serves on the Columbia University Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee for the School of the Arts.