New Hire: Kelsey Small

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What is your official title, and what are some of your general responsibilities?
My official title is financial manager. In this role, I’m responsible for compiling budgets for CMOA operating, designated, and restricted funds. I track actual expenses against various project budgets and review accounting and budget activity to ensure adherence to annual budget. I also report on federal, state, and private grant expenditures and serve as a point person for staff regarding financial and administrative policies and procedures.

What were you doing before joining us at CMOA?
Before joining CMOA, I was completing my Masters in Arts Management degree at Carnegie Mellon University and working as the associate director of operations for Future Tenant, a multidisciplinary visual and performing arts gallery space in downtown Pittsburgh.

What’s your favorite exhibition that you saw this past year (at any museum/event)? Any favorite artist or work?
The 2013 Carnegie InternationalMy favorite piece within the show is Pedro Reyes’s Disarm (Mechanized). His ability to transform destructive weapons into musical instruments is truly inspiring and enlightening. The piece suggests the kind of hopefulness that can emerge from war and misery.


Pedro Reyes, Disarm (Mechanized), 2012–13, recycled metal, Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery, London; Photo: Greenhouse Media

If you could steal one artwork from our collection, what would it be?
Dancers, Entrance on Stage, Edgar Degas. 


Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Dancers, Entrance on Stage, c. 1898–1908, pastel on paper, Acquired through the generosity of the Sarah Mellon Scaife Family

Describe Pittsburgh in six words or less.
It’s starting to feel like home.

Favorite hobbies (links, etc.)? Or any other projects you’d like to share?
Attending Pittsburgh arts events, taking ballet classes, baking, and cheering on the Florida Gators and Pittsburgh Pirates!