Staff

Meet the staff of the Palmer Museum of Art! See below for contact information to reach individual staff members.

Director

Erin M. Coe

Erin M. Coe, Director of the Palmer Museum

Erin M. Coe is the Director of the Palmer Museum of Art and Associate Clinical Professor in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State.  Since her appointment in September 2017, she has worked on establishing the vision and strategic direction of the Palmer Museum of Art including its collection and exhibition program and oversees the planning and implementation of the museum’s mission and goals. She is at the forefront of the University’s initiative to construct a new university art museum at the Penn State Arboretum scheduled to open in 2024.

Coe is the former Executive Director of The Hyde Collection, an accredited art museum and historic house located in the Capital Region of New York. She led a major capital project that included an expansion of and renovations to the museum’s 1989 wing. Moreover, she secured a major gift of postwar Modern art that resulted in the addition of a new gallery dedicated to Modern and Contemporary art that opened in June 2017. Prior to serving as Director, Coe was the museum’s Chief Curator for fifteen years. During her tenure she curated more than forty exhibitions, authored over a dozen publications, contributed to national arts periodicals, and juried several regional and national exhibitions.

Coe was the curator of the critically acclaimed exhibition Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George organized by The Hyde Collection in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in 2013. She is the co-author of the exhibition catalogue, which was honored with an Award of Excellence by the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC).

Erin has degrees from the University of New Mexico (B.A.); the University at Albany, State University of New York (M.A.), and worked on her doctorate in the history of art and architecture at Boston University.


Joyce Robinson

Joyce Robinson

Assistant Director Email - jhr11@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9185
Sheryl Shaffer

Sheryl Shaffer

Administrative Support Coordinator to the Director Email - sks21@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9180
Becky Harris

Becky Harris

Financial Assistant Email - rjh5110@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9191
Joan Bergsma

Jo Bergsma

Assistant Director for Advancement and Membership Email - jpm6023@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9181
Patrick McGrady

Patrick McGrady

Charles V. Hallman Senior Curator Email - pjm19@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9187
Adam Thomas

Adam Thomas

Curator of American Art Email - amt29@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9186
Brandi Breslin

Brandi Breslin

Director of Education Email - bgb56@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9188
Keri Mongelluzzo

Keri Mongelluzzo

Educator for Academic Engagement and Access Email - klm556@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9190
Sarah Anne Wharton

Sarah Anne Wharton

Communications Specialist Email - saw534@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9182
Beverly Sutley

Beverly Sutley

Registrar Email - bxb35@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9189
Will Bergmann

Will Bergmann

Chief Preparator Email - wbb5142@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9195
Craig Witter

Craig Witter

Assistant Preparator Email - caw54@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-0097
Joe Ferguson

Joseph Ferguson

Assistant Preparator Email - jgf5152@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9195
Rebecca Simpson

Rebecca Simpson

Visitor Experience Manager Email - rad194@psu.edu
Phone - 814-863-9068
Jenny Mark

Jenny Mark

Visitor Services Associate Email - jrk16@psu.edu
Phone - 814-867-3022
Melissa Maurer

Melissa Maurer

Visitor Services Associate Email - mll198@psu.edu
Phone - 814-867-3022
Norris, Amy

Amy Norris

Visitor Services Associate Email - aln5287@psu.edu
Phone - 814-867-3022
Rubio, Tricia

Tricia Rubio

Visitor Services Associate Email - plr5174@psu.edu
Phone - 814-867-3022
Bonnie Tatterson

Bonnie Tatterson

Visitor Services Associate Email - bmt5@psu.edu
Phone - 814-867-3022
Securitas

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Security Team
Phone - 814-863-9194