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Masha Turchinsky
Director and CEO
Hudson River Museum

Region: Mid-Hudson

Masha Turchinsky is Director and CEO of the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, where she oversees Westchester’s premiere venue for American art, science, and history with a mindset that is courageous, pioneering, and socially minded. Turchinsky leads a dynamic and skilled team whose innovations have garnered critical national press, increased local community and school participation, and impactful new partnerships, combined with record national attendance, drawing cultural tourism from 45 states and throughout the County to HRM in 2023 alone. Successful exhibitions during her tenure include Kengo Kito: Unity on the Hudson, Frida Kahlo in Context, Derrick Adams: Buoyant, Maya Lin: A River Is a Drawing, The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art, and Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers. She has overseen the successful advocacy, fundraising, construction, and the 2023 inauguration of the Museum’s new West Wing, a bold $11.2M, 12,000 sq. foot capital expansion that unveiled world-class exhibition galleries along the Hudson, overlooking the Palisades. Under her direction, the Museum has been awarded major support from the Art Bridges Foundation, founded by American philanthropist Alice Walton, the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Previously, Turchinsky worked for nineteen years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as an award-winning media director, producer, and delegate to the Board of Trustees. She currently serves on ArtTable’s national Board of Directors, championing women in the arts, the Board of Nonprofit Westchester, the Yonkers Workforce Development Board, and is an elected member of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). 914Inc. Magazine has recognized Masha as a leading Women in Business, and Westchester Magazine named her “Art Leader for a New Age”. The Museum has received national press in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Black Art in America, Forbes, Hyperallergic, and the Wall Street Journal, and is a featured location in HBO’s The Gilded Age series. Industry honors for the HRM during her tenure include awards for excellence from the Museum Association of New York, Greater Hudson Heritage Network, Best of Westchester and the Global Fine Arts Awards. Turchinsky holds degrees from Georgetown, New York University, and Columbia University. An expert in creativity within constraints, she lectures at universities and international summits on museums as key cultural conveners and impactful catalysts for a better society. Masha has lived in Washington DC, Madrid, Spain, and New York City; she resides in Yonkers, where she and her husband are raising their two children.

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