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George Eastman House promotes Rheytchul Kimmel and Nick Marshall

Rochester, N.Y., February 17, 2014—George Eastman House has announced the promotion of two staff members. Rheytchul Kimmel has been promoted to chief object preparator and preservation framer in the object preparation area of the Kay R. Whitmore Conservation Center. Nick Marshall has been promoted to manager of exhibitions and programs in the communications and engagement department.

Kimmel works directly with the photography, motion picture still/poster, rare book, and technology collections at Eastman House—creating housings, micro environments, mounts, and enclosures for exhibitions and loans. Kimmel will also supervise a team of preparators as part of her new position with the museum. She joined George Eastman House in 2010, serving as senior preparator. She serves as an instructor in the Photographic Preservation and Collections Management master’s degree program at Eastman House and led her first conservation workshop in framing alternative processes in 2013.

Kimmel is a Certified Picture Framer (CPF) and is a member of the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA). She has been a preservation framer for fourteen years and has a bachelor of fine art degree and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She also studied forensic chemistry at the University of Rochester. Originally from Riga, NY, Kimmel currently resides in Rochester.

Marshall was working part-time for the museum as an exhibitions preparator since 2010 before being named manager of exhibitions and programs. He is now responsible for directing the development, design, and production of Eastman House gallery exhibitions, traveling exhibitions, and visitor experiences. He will oversee the development and execution of the museum’s public programs, including the Wish You Were Here lecture series and exhibition-related programming. In addition to his work at the museum, Marshall recently taught the course Fine Art Portfolio at RIT. He has also taught courses in digital and analog photography at Alfred University and Genesee Community College.

Marshall has a master of fine art degree in Imaging Arts and Sciences from RIT, and a bachelor of fine art degree from Columbus College of Art and Design. Originally from Canton, OH, he currently resides in Rochester.

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.