Officers and Trustees
Christina Mossaides Strassfield
The East End of Long Island has long attracted artists inspired to capture its stunning vistas in oil, watercolor, and other media; and since 1931, Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton is where many of them have displayed their works. Today, under the administration of Christina Mossaides Strassfield, named Museum Director/Chief Curator, in 2009, awareness of the museum has been expanding far beyond the local community. Through Ms. Strassfield’s efforts, the work of artists affiliated with Eastern Suffolk County, and the institution dedicated to showcasing their work, have earned mention in such publications of The New York Times, Art in America, Art News, New York Magazine, and many others. She has forged close relationships with artists, dealers, and collectors and instituted a much-expanded exhibition schedule featuring the works of international-caliber artists, among them Roy Lichtenstein, Chuck Close, Eric Fischl, David Salle, Ross Bleckner, April Gornik, John Chamberlain, Larry Rivers, Hans Namuth, and, most recently, Cindy Sherman, Dan Flavin, Taryn Simon, Barbara Kruger, and Richard Prince. At the same time, Ms. Strassfield champions the works of lesser-known artists, coordinating group invitationals, to great acclaim from art critics and the general public.
Previously Curator at Guild Hall Museum, Ms. Strassfield has deep knowledge of its permanent collection, comprising more than 2,000 works of art. She has curated numerous exhibitions since joining Guild Hall in 1987, and contributed essays for many of the accompanying catalogues. Now with directorship duties added to her long list of responsibilities, she oversees the overall management of the museum, including acquisitions and collections care. She was instrumental in the launch of the Guild Hall Collector’s Circle in 2006 as part of the museum’s 75th anniversary, and guides the museum committee on this annual giving program to support the museum’s art acquisitions.
Ms. Strassfield received her Masters degree in art history, from Queens College, CUNY; her teaching credentials include Adjunct Associate Professorships at Dowling College an Adjunct Professorship at Southampton College. She has participated widely in symposiums, scholarly talks, and panels. Her personal appearances include News 12, NPR on WLIW, Plum TV, Cablevision, and LTV. She has served on the art board of the LongHouse Foundation and on the executive board of the Long Island Museum Association, and she is a member of the prestigious ArtTable, which recognizes leadership roles by women in the arts.
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