The High is pleased to welcome Andrew Westover as its new Eleanor McDonald Storza Director of Education. Westover brings a wide range of experience as a museum leader and educator who has developed strategic initiatives and partnerships to deepen audience engagement, advance scholarship, and tackle urgent issues and topics through thoughtful, diverse programming.
In his previous position at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, Westover established a new long-range vision for the education department and provided leadership and strategy for all educational initiatives, including performances, lectures, artist residencies, and school and youth programs. He helmed foundation relationships for the department and served as the education liaison to city- and state-wide cultural affairs organizations. He also provided leadership for the New Museum’s Coronavirus Response Team and Racial Equity Task Force. Westover previously held positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Phoenix Art Museum. Prior to entering the museum field, he served as a Fulbright English Teaching Fellow at the University of the Free State, South Africa, and as a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher with Teach for America.
The High’s Education department, including a full-time staff of twelve and more than one hundred member docents, is dedicated to reflecting the diversity of the Museum’s communities and to offering a variety of educational programs that engage visitors, educators, and students with the world of art, the lives of artists, and the creative process. Westover will lead the strategic direction of the department and its initiatives and will support the Museum’s larger goals relating to exhibition development and interpretation, fundraising, community partnerships, and the collecting program.
Westover holds a PhD and a Master of Education focused on culture, institutions, and society from Harvard University; a Master of Religion from the Claremont School of Theology; a Master of Secondary Education from Arizona State University; and a Bachelor of History from Samford University.