Robin M. Tagliaferri

Robin is a non-profit administrator, project manager, museum educator and visual artist with 25 years’ experience working in museums, arts organizations, and educational institutions.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Robin earned a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) and a Master of Arts (MA) in Museum Studies and Art Education.

Robin’s research includes the study of Italian language and culture, medieval and Renaissance art, American immigration history and the lives of Catholic saints. She is currently researching the immigration story of her grandfather, Paolo Tagliaferri (1898- 1975), a hoisting engineer in the bronze foundry at Gorham Manufacturing in Providence, who immigrated from Guarcino (FR), Italy to Ellis Island in 1912.

Proficient in art history, painting, drawing mixed-media collage, Robin has exhibited her work in galleries in Providence and Boston. She has developed interdisciplinary arts curriculum and organized a diverse array of public programs, lectures, and special events.

Robin has served as a project manager for the Heritage Harbor Foundation, where she explored the feasibility of installing a museum of South Providence history in the ground floor of Saint Michael the Archangel Church. The museum sought to showcase the great cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity that defined Providence’s south side from 1868 to the end of the 20th century.

Robin worked in the education and development departments of Worcester Art Museum, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, AS220 (Center for the Arts) and the Mount Washington Observatory. She was the Development Officer at the Remick Museum and Farm in Tamworth, NH, a 400-acre property with two historic houses, from 2006 to 2009. From August 2017 to November 2018, Robin served as the interim coordinator of Gallery Night Providence.

For five years, from 2010 to 2015, Robin was the Executive Director of Forbes House Museum in Milton, MA, a historic house museum with an extensive collection of 19th century Chinese export porcelain, furniture, and artworks.

Presently, Robin is the Director of Development at St. Patrick Academy in Providence. Previously she was the Director of Advancement at Bishop McVinney School, Providence; Coordinator of Alumni Relations in the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Providence; and the Community Relations & Admissions Coordinator at St. Joseph of Cluny School in Newport, RI.

Robin serves on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Italian American Historical Society and serves on the Advisory Board of Bishop McVinney School. Robin is a member of the Order of Franciscans Secular, an international network of lay men and women who follow the philosophy of St. Francis of Assisi.

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