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Timothy Rub Elected Director and Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Kelly & Massa.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today the election of Timothy Rub as the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer. The unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees at its June meeting concludes an international year-long search. Currently Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Mr. Rub will become the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 13th Director, succeeding the late Anne d’Harnoncourt.

H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest, Chairman of the Board, said: “Timothy Rub brings a proven track record in scholarship, connoisseurship and excellent management and fundraising skills. He comes with strong expertise in planning at a time when the Museum is preparing to move forward with the next phase of its renovation and growth. With his experience and leadership I believe that we will be able to sustain the great traditions of this institution and look to the future with confidence.”

Martha Hamilton Morris and Keith L. Sachs, who served as co-chairs of the Trustee Search Committee, stated: “This was an intensive process, truly international in scope, in which the Committee gave very close consideration to a remarkably strong field of candidates, and we are delighted to have found the ideal candidate in Timothy Rub. He brings such an exceptional combination of distinguished accomplishments and leadership. We join the entire Board of Trustees in welcoming Timothy Rub to the Museum and wish him every success in leading it forward into a new era.”

“I am honored to become Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is one of this country’s truly great museums and one of this city’s finest cultural assets,” said Rub. “Its collections, exhibitions, conservation, and education programs are much admired throughout the world. Working together with its generous and dedicated Board of Trustees and its accomplished staff, I am eager to build on the Museum’s many strengths as we embark upon a new and very significant chapter in the history of this institution. I also look forward to strengthening the Museum’s relationship with audiences here in Philadelphia and, indeed, throughout the entire region so that it can continue to play a significant role in the life of the community it was founded to serve.”

As Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Museum of Art, where Rub was named in January 2006, he guided the museum’s comprehensive capital project and fundraising campaign, oversaw the reinstallation of its extensive holdings of European and American art in its renovated 1916 building and new East Wing, and brought to completion the first phase of its seven-year renovation and expansion project designed by renowned architect Rafael Viñoly. He also initiated a strategic planning process, managed the development of a touring exhibitions program that sent exhibitions from the Museum’s collection to Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Munich, and a number of venues in Canada and the United States, and was responsible for a broad range of acquisitions. These included a superb 10th century Chola temple sculpture of the Hindu god Shiva, a late 13th century illuminated bible, drawings by Thomas Gainsborough and Samuel Palmer, important drawings by Emil Nolde, Yves Tanguey, Reginald Marsh, and Jacob Lawrence, and an early wall drawing by Sol LeWitt.

Previously, Rub served as Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, where he expanded the Museum’s exhibitions and programs, made major building improvements, spearheaded a facilities master plan, and oversaw the reinstallation of a significant portion of the collection. Earlier, he was Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, from 1991 to 1999, and was a Ford Foundation Fellow and then curator at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, in New York City from 1983 to 1987.

Rub’s field of specialization is in architecture and modern art. Among his major scholarly accomplishments were the development of several major loan exhibitions and catalogues at the Hood Museum of Art, among them The Age of the Marvelous; Goddess and Polis: The Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens, and Jose Clemente Orozco in the United States, 1928-1934; and Petra: Lost City of Stone at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Art History, cum laude with highest honors, from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont; a master’s degree in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in New York City; and a master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Rub, 57, is married to artist and graphic designer Sally Rub and has two children. He will begin the Directorship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in September 2009.

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