Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Announces New Staff Members

HAGERSTOWN, Maryland — Sarah J. Hall, executive director of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, is excited to announce the addition of two new members to the Museum’s staff.

Sarah C. Wolfe has been named as the Collections Registrar & Exhibitions Coordinator for WCMFA. Wolfe began her career cataloging and photographing objects at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.

For more than a decade Wolfe cared for the collections and exhibitions at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia, and then at George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Virginia. At the Museum of Aviation, Wolfe was the project lead in the museum’s successful accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums and drafted plans and policies used by the National Museum of the Air Force for all of their field museums.

“I love to combine the detailed organization needed for registration work with the creativity and hands-on work needed with exhibitions and have worked on more than 30 exhibitions,” she said.

Wolfe worked on “Down to Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment,” an exhibition that won the 2009 Southeastern Museum Conference Exhibition Competition award of Excellence; Air Force Heritage Award; Air Force Materiel Command Excellence in Heritage Projects award; and the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries Museum Exhibition of the Year.

She studied exhibition design at Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. She obtained a Master of Arts in maritime history and nautical archaeology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina; and holds dual Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She resides in Hagerstown.

Washington County native Crystal Schelle is the new director of Marketing and Communications. Schelle is a veteran journalist and has spent more than 30 years in the field. She is the former Lifestyle and What’s NXT editor for The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown, Maryland, and TV host of “What’s NXT” on Antietam Broadband. Most recently, Schelle was the on-air news reporter for WJEJ-AM in Hagerstown.

“I have visited the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts since I was a child,” she said. “I am excited to continue to tell the Museum’s story.”

Schelle is a former features writer for The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Maryland, and the Living and Weekender editor for The Journal in Martinsburg, W.Va. She has won awards for writing, photography, video, and design from the MDDC Press Association and for writing and design from the West Virginia Press Association.

She has worked for area public relations firms and was part of the Maryland Hospital Association’s corporate communications team. Her nonfiction writing has been published in local, regional, and national publications. She currently teaches journalism at Frederick Community College and is the adviser to The Commuter, an online student-run newspaper. Schelle holds a Bachelor of Arts from Morehead State in Morehead, Kentucky. She is a graduate of Leadership Washington County Class 29. She resides in Hagerstown.

“I’m so pleased to add two wonderfully talented employees to the museum’s staff. Crystal Schelle, our new Director of Marketing & Communications is probably known to many people in the region. I’m delighted to have her gift for crafting stories and her expansive network of contacts in service to the museum,” Hall said. “Sarah Wolfe, our new Collections Registrar & Exhibitions Coordinator brings to the museum years of impressive experience working with exhibitions and objects that I know will help us to rise to the next level in our exhibitions and displays.”

Located In beautiful City Park, Hagerstown, Maryland, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1931, the legacy of Hagerstown native Anna Brugh Singer and her husband, Pittsburgh-born artist William Henry Singer, Jr. Featuring a collection of more than 6,000 objects, the Museum has important holdings of American painting, Old Masters, decorative arts, and sculpture. The Museum schedules an ambitious program of exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours, and talks featuring national and international artists, as well as a yearly showcase of the art of students in Washington County Public Schools. Its free youth art education programs have served four generations of local families.

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is located at 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown, Maryland. Free parking is available adjacent to the Museum. Beginning September 7, Hours are 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday; 100 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday; the Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.