Senior Staff at MAG

Siri Baker | Rachael Brown | Sheryl Burgstrom | Joe Carney | Debra Foster | Patti Giordano | Marlene Hamann-Whitmore | Jessica Marten | Margot Muto

The Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) is fortunate to have a talented staff, a dedicated Board of Managers, Gallery Council, over 1,100 volunteers, and over 4,000 members. As Trustee of MAG, the University of Rochester recognizes MAG as a valued asset for both the Rochester and UR communities. MAG’s senior staff stands for: Art and Culture; Learning and Joy; Accessibility and Inspiration; Stewardship and Integrity; and Community and Sociability. Meet our Senior Staff.


Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director, Jonathan P. Binstock

Jonathan Binstock is the Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the Memorial Art Gallery
The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester is pleased to announce the reappointment of Mary W. and Donald R Clark Director Jonathan Binstock for another five-year term. Binstock became the seventh director of the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester in September 2014. Since then he has led an expansion of the museum’s permanent collection, special exhibition program, public engagement and outreach efforts, and its annual operating budget. During his tenure, new scholarship and exhibition catalogs have accompanied MAG-originated exhibitions such as Isaac Julien’s Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass and Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process, the latter traveling to museums nationally. Important paintings and sculptures by artists George Condo, Beauford Delaney, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Hung Liu, Mickalene Thomas, and Grayson Perry and have been added to MAG’s permanent collection. Binstock created the position of consulting senior curator of media art for the renowned John G. Hanhardt, who has introduced the art of the moving image into the museum’s permanent collection and exhibition program. Major acquisitions include Bill Viola’s complete series of Martyrs, a late Nam June Paik Bakelite Robot, and video installations by Charles Atlas and Sondra Perry. Watch Jonathan’s latest presentation from Tuesday, November 5, 2019, on Sam Gilliam.


Director of Advancement, Siri Baker

Siri Baker

Siri Baker came to MAG in 2017. She began her career at the University of Rochester raising major gifts for the School of Nursing and the Eastman Institute for Oral Health. Previously, Siri worked in advancement at the Columbia Journalism School and Macalester College. Siri holds an M.S. in Fundraising Management from Columbia University and a B.A. in English from St. Olaf College.


Director of Marketing & Engagement, Rachael Brown

Rachael Brown
Rachael Brown has over 10 years of experience in marketing and public relations. Her main responsibilities are developing and implementing brand, promotion and marketing plans for MAG departments; and overseeing programs to grow and diversify audiences and increase attendance. She holds a BA in communication studies from Canisius College and a certificate in Women in Leadership from Cornell University. photo by Alyssa Bileschi


Director of Finance, Sheryl Burgstrom

Sheri Burgstrom
Sheryl Burgstrom began her career at UR 19 years ago as Manager of the Endowment Accounting Department. At MAG she is responsible for financial forecasting, planning and analysis; overseeing the annual budget and auditing process; and working with UR’s Central Budget and Controller’s Offices. She holds degrees in finance and accounting with a minor in art history.


Senior Director, Major and Principal Gifts, Joe Carney

Joe Carney
Joe Carney has more than 30 years’ experience in advancement with a focus on the annual fund, campaign and major gift fundraising for higher education and health care. He holds a BS in Management from St. John Fisher College and an MA in English.


Facilities Area Manager, Debra Foster

Debbie Foster
Debra Foster oversees approximately 124,000 square feet of building space and 15 acres of grounds. She is responsible for developing and implementing operations and capital budgets in excess of $2 million and serves as MAG liaison to UR Facilities and Environmental Health and Services.


Chief Operating Officer / Deputy Director Patti Giordano

Patti Giordano
Patti Giordano has worked at the Memorial Art Gallery since March 2008. She came to the Gallery as the Marketing and Communications Manager and in July 2015, Patti accepted the position of COO/Deputy Director of MAG. She acts as MAG’s strategic plan champion, as well as oversees budgeting and financial planning, revenue streams and MAG operations in order to support continued growth and fulfillment of the Museum’s mission.


Director of Academic Programs, Marlene Hamann-Whitmore

Marlene Hamann Whitmore
Marlene Hamann-Whitmore oversees MAG’s K-12 school programs, including the ongoing MAG-RCSD Expanded Learning Collaboration, which brings students from three Rochester City School District elementary schools to the MAG for ten consecutive weeks to learn about the museum’s collection and to engage in hands-on art projects. She also oversees MAG’s educational ties with the UR and other area colleges, MAG’s Docent Program, and the functions of our Library and Archives. She holds an MA in art history from Syracuse University and has more than 20 years’ experience as a MAG educator.



Curator in Charge/Curator of American Art, Jessica Marten

Jessica Marten
Jessica Marten is Curator in Charge/Curator of American Art at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester where she has worked since 2001. In her curatorial practice, Marten is particularly interested in exploring historically marginalized artists and lesser-known histories. Recent projects include an exhibition organized in honor of New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial in 2017, The Power of the Female Gaze. In July 2018, her exhibition and catalog The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota introduced and advocated for the artist to be added into the canon of visionary artists. Her upcoming project, The Path to Paradise: The Stained Glass Art of Judith Schaechter, will explore the beautiful, bold, and subversive work of a cutting-edge contemporary artist who works in the centuries-old medium of stained glass. In addition to organizing exhibitions, Marten oversees MAG’s curatorial staff and is responsible for acquisitions, deaccessions, and installations drawn from MAG’s collections, grants, conservation priorities, scholarly publications, donor relations, and public lectures.


Head of Exhibitions, Margot Muto

Margot Muto
Margot Muto came to MAG in 2016. She was previously co-founder and director of AXOM Gallery & Exhibition Space, which opened in 2011 with the mission of presenting contemporary arts and design, and fostering the careers of emerging, mid-career and established artists. She holds a BFA in painting and printmaking from RIT.


photography: John Schlia