The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has named Karen L. Herman to the position of Vice President of Collections and Curatorial Affairs in Cleveland. Her new position will include overseeing the Curatorial Affairs Division which encompasses collections, exhibitions and curatorial duties as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives (located on the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College).
Overall, Herman will be leading initiatives that will integrate the Museum’s archival resources with its artifact collection in order to put rock history in a cultural context while engaging visitors viewing the Museum’s exhibits and most importantly increasing worldwide access to physical and digital pieces that make up the Rock Hall’s vast collection.
“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum of music and, by extension, a museum of our culture, as seen through the lens of rock and roll,” said Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “We conducted a nationwide search to find the best candidate for bringing impactful interpretive elements into the Museum exhibits. Karen’s experience in distilling key insights, telling stories and communicating them in multiple media aligns with our long-term vision to provide visitors with compelling experiences that engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll music.”
About Karen Herman
Prior to joining the Rock Hall, Herman served as the Vice President of the Archive of American Television at the Television Academy Foundation, where she directed the day-to-day operations of the Archive, produced hundreds of oral history interviews with many of television’s biggest icons, oversaw the creation of the Archive’s award-winning online platform, managed the Academy’s archival assets, and led the Foundation’s “Living Television” initiative, which oversees a curriculum to teach college students how to conduct oral history interviews. Before that, she was a magazine editor and journalist, specializing in culture and entertainment in Cleveland, her hometown. Herman is a graduate of Northwestern University and studied film and television production at the University of Southern California. After living in Los Angeles for 18 years, Herman has returned to the region and now resides in the Cleveland area with her husband, Eric .
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The 150,000 square-foot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland’s rapidly developing North Coast Harbor, is home to major artifact collections, four state-of-the-art theaters, and year-round educational and concert programming.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always admitted free, for information or to join the membership program call 216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit www.rockhall.com. The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.