Silvia Filippini Fantoni
January 6, 2020
Koya partnered with The Newark Museum on its Deputy Director, Learning & Engagement search. The Newark Museum is New Jersey’s largest museum and holds major collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas and the ancient world. The search resulted in the recruitment of Silvia Filippini Fantoni to the role.
Filippini Fantoni joined the Newark Museum from the North Carolina Museum of Art, where she served as Director of Programs and Audience Engagement. There, she led the museum’s efforts to provide creative, meaningful experiences with art to diverse audiences onsite, online and in the larger community. At NCMA, she supervised a team of 16 specialists and 120 docents specifically trained to identify, evaluate and address audience needs, as well as cultivate new community partnerships. Her team was responsible for the development and implementation of all public programs, which drew over 90,000 individuals to the museum and its gardens annually, while another 23,000 participated in onsite learning experiences designed for educators and K-12 students.
Before joining the NCMA, Filippini Fantoni served as Director of Interpretation, Media, and Evaluation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where she led the museum’s efforts in developing temporary exhibitions, interpretive experiences, and audience research.
She has also worked at the British Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum and has collaborated on award-winning projects with Tate Modern and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Filippini Fantoni received her B.A./M.A. in History from Università degli Studi di Milano, in Milan, Italy. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Art Sciences from the Université Paris I–Sorbonne, in Paris, France.