LSU Museum of Art Names Sarah Cortell Vandersypen as New Director of Museum Advancement & Associate Director of Development

09/03/2014 11:39 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Museum of Art is pleased to welcome Sarah Cortell Vandersypen to its staff as the new director of museum advancement and associate director of development. She comes to the museum with a wealth of experience in fund development, strategic planning and community engagement.


Cortell Vandersypen’s previous experience includes the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Wexner Center for the Arts, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Dulwich Picture Gallery in London and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. She has long appreciated museums, and while pursuing her master’s degree in arts policy and administration from The Ohio State University, she examined museum admission fees in her thesis, “The Cost of Free Admission: A Comparative Study Examining the Feasibility of Eliminating Museum Admission Chargers.” Her research sought to understand the circumstances surrounding the policy decision to eliminate admission charges in American art museums.


“I am thrilled to be a part of the outstanding team at the LSU Museum of Art,” said Cortell Vandersypen. “Joining the museum brings me back to my roots – art museums – and allows me to move this institution forward with the help of the board, staff and community. I look forward to helping achieve the philanthropic goals of our current and future donors as the LSU Museum of Art celebrates its 10-year anniversary at the Shaw Center in 2015.”


As director of museum advancement and associate director of development, Cortell Vandesypen will ensure the LSU Museum of Art stays present as not only a community cultural attraction, but also an artistic resource to Baton Rouge and beyond.


“We are delighted that Sarah Cortell Vandersypen has joined the staff of the LSU Museum of Art,” said LSU Museum of Art Executive Director Jordana Pomeroy. “Sarah’s background in museum development work, her approach to membership and fundraising, as well as her grants writing experience, will be a major asset to the stability and growth of the LSU Museum of Art.”


The LSU Museum of Art is located in Downtown Baton Rouge at 100 Lafayette Street, on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts. General admission is $5 each for adults and children age 13 and over. Admission is free to university faculty, staff and students with ID, children age 12 and under and museum members. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 225-389-7200.





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Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014