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The head of the Hart Cluett Museum resigns from the cultural institution of Troy

TROY — The Hart Cluett Museum is looking for a new executive director after Starlyn D’Angelo stepped down after leading the cultural institution for 14 months, the museum’s board has announced.

“We thank Star for stepping in during a difficult time for the museum during the pandemic, and for his many contributions to leading the museum until it reopens to the public,” said Mark Shipley, chairman of the board of trustees. museum, in a statement.

D’Angelo said she decided to leave the museum after her expectations for the position of executive director and those of the board of trustees did not match. The position is considered a high-stress role, with the executive director taking on day-to-day management and fundraising responsibilities to keep money flowing into the museum’s coffers. D’Angelo described the workload as unsustainable in the way the position is structured.

“It’s an old story in the nonprofit world. I don’t believe nonprofits as a whole get a lot of support,” D’Angelo said Saturday.

D’Angelo is familiar with the state of museums in the state, having served on the Museum Association of New York. She earned a master’s degree in museum studies from Cooperstown’s graduate program.

The pandemic has put a strain on small museums and cultural institutions, forcing them to close their doors to the public for months and face a drop in revenue. D’Angelo said she decided it was better to move on rather than stay on as executive director.

Prior to joining the Hart Cluett Museum, D’Angelo was Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Initiatives at the Palace Performing Arts Center in Albany.

D’Angelo was also Executive Director of the Shaker Heritage Society in Colonie where she worked for 15 years. She was in charge of the exterior restoration of the 1848 Shaker Meeting House, the stabilization of the 1915 Shaker Barn Complex, and the development of “Virtual Watervliet,” which won awards for its digital reconstruction of the site.

D’Angelo has also held curatorial positions at the Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon in New Lebanon and the Old Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie.

The Hart Cluett Museum received a boost when part of HBO’s “The Gilded Age” was filmed here. Troy served as a stand-in in late 19th century New York, where the series is set. The museum provided information and advice to production designers who were looking for locations in Troy. The series returns to Troy in August to film a second season.

Members of the museum’s board of trustees and other staff will take over D’Angelo’s duties while a search is conducted for a new chief executive.