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George Eastman House hires William Green, Ross Knapper, and Rachel Pikus


Rochester, N.Y., January 2, 2014—George Eastman House has hired William Green as a curatorial assistant and Ross Knapper as an assistant archivist in the Department of Photography. Rachel Pikus has been hired as manager of online engagement in the communications and engagement department.

Will GreenGreen has worked part time as both a library assistant and a research assistant with George Eastman House since earning a master’s degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management (PPCM) through the museum’s joint degree program with Ryerson University (Toronto). In his new full-time position, Green is responsible for assisting in all aspects of the exhibition process, managing new and proposed photo acquisitions, coordinating projects for the PPCM students. In addition to his degree from Ryerson, Green has a bachelor’s of fine arts in fine art photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Originally from Philadelphia, he currently resides in Rochester.

Prior to accepting a full-time position with George Eastman House, Knapper interned with the Department of Photography after receiving his master’s degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management (PPCM) from Ryerson University. As an assistant archivist, he is responsible for assisting with the management and preservation of the photography collection, along with facilitating access to the photography collection. Knapper also holds a bachelor’s of science degree in ecology and a bachelor’s of environmental science from from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he was raised in Clara City, Minnesota, and currently resides in Fairport.

PikusPikus returns to George Eastman House as manager of online engagement after working over the past four years as a digital media manager for the ATP World Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; as the web content specialist for Lollypop Farm; and as the e-communications specialist for the development and alumni relations department at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Pikus worked at Eastman House as the communications and web coordinator from 2006 to 2009. In her new role, she is primarily responsible for developing the strategy for the museum’s online presence, including growing and engaging its online communities and web properties. Pikus has a bachelor’s of science degree in professional and technical communications and an advanced certificate in interactive multimedia development from RIT. Originally from Buffalo, she currently resides in Brighton.

About George Eastman House

George Eastman House holds unparalleled collections, totaling more than four million objects, of photographs, motion pictures, cameras and technology, and photographically illustrated books. Established as an independent non-profit institution in 1947, it is the world’s oldest photography museum and third largest film archive in the United States. The museum is in Rochester, NY, and includes the National Historic Landmark house and gardens of George Eastman, the philanthropist and father of popular photography and motion picture film. Learn more at eastmanhouse.org.