Nelly Silagy Benedek

Senior Director of Education

Nelly Silagy Benedek, Director of Education from 2004 until 2017 and currently Senior Director of Education, oversees the development and implementation of innovative programming for schools, families, and adult audiences including teachers, university students, and the general public with a special focus on accessibility. She is also involved in exhibition planning and interpretation, coordinates the Docent and Volunteer Program, and teaches in the Museum’s galleries and online. Ms. Benedek previously served as Director of Education at the American Federation of Arts and prior to that was Associate Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for sixteen years where she developed educator workshops, taught afterschool classes for teens and families, coordinated volunteer training, and supervised the High School Apprenticeship Program. Her publications include the teacher resources Auguste Rodin: The Burghers of Calais (2000) and Examining Identity in Contemporary Art and Photography (2005). Ms. Benedek holds a Master of Arts degree from the Institute of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University where she was a College Scholar and majored in Art History, English, and Near Eastern Studies.