CHADDS FORD, PA.-
The Trustees of the Brandywine Conservancy announced the appointment of Thomas Padon as the next director of the Brandywine River Museum
. Padon, who will take up the post on September 1, 2012, will be the Museum's third director since its founding in 1971. The Brandywine River Museum has an international reputation for its collections of American art and illustration, including works by N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.
Padon will report to Virginia A. Logan, whose tenure as Executive Director of the Brandywine Conservancy began on January 1st of this year. "Together with eight trustees on the Search Committee, we reviewed scores of candidates, and are delighted to have found in Tom Padon the ideal mix of museum management experience, leadership style and enthusiasm for our collection and mission," said Logan.
"Tom Padon brings extensive experience in the museum world and an impressive commitment to scholarship to his new role," said George A. Weymouth, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brandywine Conservancy. "We are thrilled that he is joining the staff."
"The directorship at the Brandywine River Museum is nothing less than a matchless opportunity for me. I am inspired by the way this singular museum-with its stellar collection, committed board and bucolic setting on land the Brandywine Conservancy has carefully preserved-pays homage to American art" said Padon. "It is with great excitement that I assume the role of director at this pivotal moment in the institution's history. I look forward to working with the board and talented staff to further cultivate the national and growing international activities of the museum."
Padon has held senior management positions at museums and arts organizations internationally. He comes to the Brandywine River Museum from the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of the largest museums in Canada. Based in New York, he was assistant director and director of international partnerships. He initiated collaborations with leading museums such as the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and the Musée d´Orsay, Paris, such major exhibitions as Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore, and participated in strategic and institutional planning.
Previously, Padon was director of the Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonné, where he oversaw the cataloguing of all paintings by the seminal German-born artist. Prior to that he was deputy //director for exhibitions and programs at the American Federation of Arts. While there Padon organized major projects including Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum; Degas and the Dance; and numerous exhibitions focusing on American artists such as Charles Burchfield, Arthur Wesley Dow and Maxfield Parrish (co-organized with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts) as well as the American Impressionists (co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art). He also held curatorial positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where he was involved in organizing major exhibitions of the work of Josef Albers, Georges Braque, Mario Merz and Joan Miró.
Publications by Padon include a catalogue raisonné of American artist Nancy Graves and Contemporary Photography and the Garden: Deceits and Fantasies, as well as TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945 and Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Ages of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, for which he was editor. Padon holds art history degrees from the University of Colorado and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.