The History of The Frick Pittsburgh, the Fricks and Clayton by Amanda Dunyak

August 13, 2019
Speaker: Amanda Dunyak Gillen, Director of Learning & Visitor Experience

Amanda will present a program about the Frick family and its most important legacies in the city—their mansion and art museum in Point Breeze.

About the Speaker:
Amanda Dunyak Gillen is the Director of Learning & Visitor Experience at The Frick Pittsburgh.  She has a B.A. in History from Allegheny College, received a certificate in Elementary Education, and has an M.A. in Public History from Duquesne University.  At the Frick she oversees all adult, student and family programs related to the museum’s diverse collection.

Prior to her work in education, Amanda began her museum career in the curatorial departments at the Senator John Heinz History Center and at the Frick.  For several years her work spanned across both curatorial and education departments as she served as curator of Clayton, the historic home of Henry Clay Frick, and simultaneously developed tours and trained interpretive staff.  Amanda was part of the design team for the Frick’s $15 million dollar expansion that resulted in the creation of a new Visitor Center, a renovated Car & Carriage Museum, collections storage, and a new Education Center with facilities to support programming for learners of all ages and needs.

Amanda serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums and on the steering committee of the Pittsburgh Museum Educators Roundtable, a professional organization that seeks to build a community of practice for museum educators in the Pittsburgh area by providing an opportunity for networking, partnering, and shared professional development. She is also an adjunct professor in the Public History graduate program at Duquesne University, where she teaches a course on public programming.

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