museum leadership

In addition to her work as a leadership and communication skills facilitator and freelance writer and editor, Johanna is a skilled museum adminstrator, curator, and educator. She has held curatorial posts at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon and the Princeton University Art Museum. She is also currently the Vice President of the Board at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene, OR.


At Jordan Schnitzer museum of art (JSMA):

  • Directed curatorial program of Western art, including exhibitions, collections management and development, academic collaboration, and public programs.
  • Co-chaired Collections Committee and Long-Range Planning “Bridging Cultures” sub-committee, and served on One Percent for Art Committee for Berwick Hall.
  • Represented museum on the national stage as panel organizer and presenter at annual CAA and AAMG conferences and member of AAMC.
  • Created and managed national listserv for senior staff members at academic art museums across the country.


  • Increased by 35% the number of students visiting the Art Museum through faculty engagement and outreach.
  • Developed student tour guide program and train-the-trainer program.

AT temple beth israel, eugene, OR (TBI):

  • Member of the Board of Directors  since January 2018; currently serving a two-year term as Vice President and member of Executive Committee (January 2019–December 2020).
  • Chair of search committee for Director of Community Education, a new senior-level position.
Johanna interviewed by Katrina Sarson on Oregon Art Beat. Click the image above to view the video. (Photo: Debbie Williamson-Smith/JSMA)
Johanna Seasonwein with faculty at Russian Art workshop
Johanna with faculty at Russian Art workshop. (Photo: Jonathan Smith/JSMA)


Johanna with UO alumna and JSMA donor Margo Grant Walsh. (Photo: Jonathan Smith/JSMA)




external affairs

at JSMA:

  • Stewarded relationships with donors, including a major gift of silver and metalwork and a six-figure cash gift from a UO alumna, as well as gifts of European and American paintings and prints.
  • Conducted tours and gave talks to donors and donor affinity groups.

at tbi:

  • Chief fundraiser for support for Director of Community Education position; achieved 2/3 of goal within first two months of campaign.


at jsma:

  • Provided clear vision for development of Western art collection by acquiring new works and negotiating long-term loan of works of medieval art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Selected Exhibitions: Art from Tanzania (March 8–August 6, 2017); Splendor and Light: Highlights of Russian Art (June 25, 2016–March 11, 2018); The Face of War: Gabor Peterdi and his Contemporaries, with student intern Chyna Bounds (June 11–October 9, 2016); Call and Response (February 20–August 21, 2016); Strike a Pose! Images of Dance from the JSMA’s Collections (February 10–June 5, 2016); First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library (January 6–February 7, 2016); Reinstallation of the John and Ethel MacKinnon Gallery of European Art (August 8, 2015–ongoing); Highlights from the Margo Grant Walsh Collection of Silver and Metalwork (August 8, 2015–ongoing); Gustavo Germano: Ausencias (April 14–August 16, 2015); Images of Architecture (February 17–April 5, 2015); The Architecture and Legacy of Pietro Belluschi (February 7–April 26, 2015); Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation (January 24–March 29, 2015).

at puam:

  • Curated exhibition “Princeton and the Gothic Revival: 1870–1930” ( February 25–June 24, 2012). Authored companion book, published by Princeton University Press, and developed content for museum’s first smartphone app.
  • Collaborated with faculty on curricular and exhibition development.
  • Promoted exhibitions, collections and programs to university audiences. 

Curator’s Talk: Images of Architecture,  February 2015

Installation view of “Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation,” 2015. (Photo: Jonathan Smith/JSMA)

Johanna with student intern Kathleen Brennan, University of Oregon Class of 2015. (Photo: Jonathan Smith/JSMA)


management and supervision

at JSMA:

  • Supervised two associate curators and three interns per academic year.
  • Mentored undergraduate and graduate students through internship program.
  • Gave presentations on paths to museum careers for museum’s student advocacy group.

at puam:

  • Supervised undergraduate student outreach coordinator and annual cohort of 10–12 student interns.

resource management

at jsma:

  • Managed acquisitions budget of about $50,000 per year and exhibitions budgets of about $50,000 per year.
  • Authored successful $20,000 grant for Oregon Arts Commission’s Art Acquisition Fund to purchase Wendy Red Star’s The Four Seasons series.

at puam:

  • Managed annual budget of $200,000, including Mellon Fund for Faculty Innovation, which provides grants for new course development, and paid intern program budget.

at tbi:

  • Fiduciary for synagogue of 375 families with annual budget of $850,000.
Wendy Red Star (American, b. 1981), “Spring,” from The Four Seasons. (Photo courtesy Wendy Red Star)
 Installation view, Re-installation of MacKinnon Gallery of European Art. (Photo: Jonathan Smith/JSMA)

professional development and service

  • Getty Leadership Institute’s NextGen Museum Leadership Program,  2012.
  • Princeton University Management Development Certificate, completed June 2013.
  • Seminar on Strategic Leadership, Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management, 2016.
  • Association of Art Museum Curators Mentorship Program, 2016–17.
  • Reviewer for Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organization Planning Grants, National Endowment for the Humanities, November 2015.
  • Juror, 13th annual Around Oregon Annual, Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR, 2015.
  • Juror, Awards for Excellence, Association of Art Museum Curators, January 2016.