Claire Huschle

Title: Adjunct Professor, Arts Management




Claire Huschle has been associated with Mason’s Arts Management program since 2007, when she began teaching Gallery Management as an Adjunct Professor. She served as Program Director from 2013-2017 after joining the faculty full-time in 2012. Immediately prior, she completed a Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. There, she studied with Michael Kaiser and the Center’s senior leadership and co-produced a study on regional trends in millennial audience engagement. From 2005-2011, she served as Executive Director of the Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA). In that role, she significantly increased the operating budget, built operational reserves, negotiated a 25-year lease, and brought together a talented staff, raising the AAC’s profile both regionally and nationally. Previously, Huschle was the Director of Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, and simultaneously served as the center’s Community Liaison, coordinating a national conference on starting community-based art centers and liaising with arts groups and advocacy organizations. In the late 90s, she was managing curator of Duncan & Miller Gallery, a Washington, D.C. contemporary art space featuring emerging artists.

In addition, Huschle is an active curator and collaborator, coordinating exhibitions throughout the Washington, D.C. area, and working with contemporary artists like Margaret Boozer and JJ McCracken. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in the Washington Post and ArtPapers. In 2017, she was invited to join Red Dirt Studio, an artist collaborative in Mt. Rainier, MD, where she works on her curatorial projects and manages creative efforts for a variety of artists.

She has served on grant review panels for the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, as well as the Fairfax, VA and Montgomery County, MD grant review panels. She served as Chapter Co-chair of ArtTable, the national professional organization for female executives in the visual arts, from 2013-16. In 2013 and 2014, she received the Karalee Dawn MacKay Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Arlington, and the 2010 recipient of the American Association of University Women’s Elizabeth Campbell Award for the Advancement of the Arts in Arlington.

Huschle received her MA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA degree in Art History from the University of Michigan, with high honors.

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BA, University of Michigan

MA, University of Texas at Austin

Professional Affiliations

ArtTable, co-Chair of DC region

Courses Taught

AMGT 602 Seminar in Arts Management

AMGT 603 Arts and Society

AMGT 606 Governance and Leadership

AMGT 610 Visual Arts Management

AMGT 711 Directed Readings/Project