New Hire: Lauren Buches

What is your official title, and what are some of your general responsibilities? 

I’m the Marketing Assistant for both CMA and CMNH. This essentially means that I take care of all of the fun stuff like budgeting, working out contracts and advertising deals with advertisers, social media (I am the Facebook and Twitter voice of Dippy the Dinosaur), and helping out with any additional manpower the marketing staff needs for a project or task on a daily basis. Once a new Marketing Director is hired I will also be that person’s assistant.  

What were you doing before joining us at CMA?  

I was a personal assistant to a small business owner here in Pittsburgh. Before that I was the museum facilitator at Bushy Run Battlefield in Jeannette.

What’s your favorite exhibition that you saw this past year (at any museum/event)?

Carnegie Museum of Art’s Impressionism in a New Light touches many personal chords with me. Not only does it feature artwork from one of my favorite social history periods—the late 19th century—but I remember seeing Monet’s Water Lilies and Paul Signac’s Place des Lices, St. Tropez as early as the age of five. 

If you could steal one artwork from our collection, what would it be?

Jean-Théodore Dupas and Jean Dunand’s Chariot of Aurora. Unfortunately it doesn’t fit beneath my trenchcoat…  

Jean-Théodore Dupas and Jean Dunand, Chariot of Aurora, 1935, lacquer and metal leaf on plaster relief, Gift of Frederick R. Koch, 94.242.A-FF 

Describe Pittsburgh in five words or less.


Favorite timewasters?

“Vile Victorians” clips from Horrible Histories: