Placed Leaders

Christina Vassallo

Alice & Harris Weston Director

Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

Koya | Diversified Search Group partnered with the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center to recruit its Alice & Harris Weston Director.

The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center is a catalyst for dialogue and discovery, driven by the art, artists, and ideas of our time. Through their exhibitions, performances, educational and community programs and partnerships, the Contemporary Arts Center provides opportunities for encounter: with artists both local and global, with cultural thought leaders, and with one’s own creative potential.

The search resulted in the appointment of Christina Vassallo to the role. Vassallo begins in her new role at the CAC in March 2023.

An accomplished and effective arts administrator and curator, Vassallo brings more than ten years of executive-level experience at forward-thinking contemporary arts institutions, currently serving as Executive Director of The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in Philadelphia. She comes to the CAC with a history of successful leadership in fundraising, education and outreach initiatives, and artistic collaborations of varying scope and size, as well as a deep understanding of the cultural ecosystems of Ohio and the Midwest, having previously served as Executive + Artistic Director of SPACES in Cleveland from 2014 to 2019.

Her leadership at FWM is supported by her work as a founding member of the Philadelphia Collaborative Arts Consortium, a member of the national association of Contemporary Art Museum Directors (CAMD), a 2022 German Marshall Fellow of the German Marshall Fund, and a 2019-2020 cohort member of National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program. She was also a member of the Arts & Culture Task Force, which identified policy and budgetary recommendations for Philadelphia City Council to best respond to the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

She holds a B.A. in art history and an M.A. in nonprofit visual arts management from NYU.

Headshot by Jessi Melcer.