Thomas S. Michie, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), has been named the Russell B. and Andrée Beauchamp Stearns Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture in the department of the Art of Europe at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
(MFA). He will assume his curatorial duties at the MFA in March 2009, and will oversee exhibitions, gallery installations, conservation, and acquisitions related to the Museums vast collection of decorative arts and sculpture, including European furniture and silver. The announcement was made recently by George Shackelford, Chair of the MFAs Art of Europe and Arthur K. Solomon Curator of Modern Art. Michie has been a curator at LACMA since 2005. Previously, he was Curator of Decorative Arts at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he also had served as associate curator and assistant curator.
Michie is co-author of catalogues published by RISD, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the US Department of State, and LACMA, and is the author of numerous scholarly articles. He is past president of the Decorative Arts Society and has served on the boards of the American Ceramic Circle, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, RI, and the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities. In addition, he is the recipient of numerous honors and fellowships.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Michie is a graduate of Williams College, and holds M. Phil. and MA degrees from the History of Art Department at Yale University.