Weekly Bulletin
March 20, 2000
Vol. 89, No. 20
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Art Museum appoints new director

Susan Taylor has been named director of the Art Museum. Currently director of the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, she will take up her Princeton position in August.

At Wellesley, Taylor has overseen acquisitions, exhibitions and programs. A highlight of her 12-year tenure was the construction of a new building designed by Rafael Moneo. Taylor served as project director for this building, developing the program plan for the 61,000 square foot facility, which includes a cinema and cafe as well as permanent and temporary exhibition galleries and study areas for prints, drawings and photographs.

She has also been responsible for building the collection in many areas, including the acquisition of numerous works of contemporary art, an area in which she is particularly interested.

Before going to Wellesley, Taylor was at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, where she coordinated several major national and international exhibitions. She received her BA at Vassar College and her graduate degree from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

An active member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, she currently serves on the board as chair of the Professional Issues Committee. She is also on the Executive Committee of the board of the American Federation of the Arts and chairs the Museum Services Committee. Since 1992, she has been a member of the visiting committee of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College.

At Wellesley, she teaches a course on museum issues, and she has lectured and consulted on new museum architecture and design, issues in public art, and architect and artist collaborations in the private and public sectors.

Infectious energy

In announcing Taylor's appointment, President Shapiro said, "Susan Taylor brings to the directorship of the Art Museum not only an impressive record of achievement and breadth of experience but also an infectious energy and sense of possibility. Under her leadership, I believe we will see exciting new things happening at the museum, particularly in programming and in the development of new relationships with students, faculty and alumni, as well as with the museum's other constituencies beyond the campus."

Provost Jeremiah Ostriker, who has direct responsibility for oversight of the museum, said, "I am particularly impressed by the clarity of Susan Taylor's vision for the museum. It will be important to provide her with the resources she needs to realize that vision. We have already begun to do that, and I look forward to a continuing and fruitful collaboration with her."

In accepting the appointment, Taylor said, "I'm delighted to be joining the Princeton community, and I look forward to working with a talented staff, gifted faculty and an administration committed to realizing the potential of a great museum."

The Art Museum, which houses an encyclopedic collection of more than 50,000 objects and welcomes almost 100,000 visitors annually, not only supports the teaching and research needs of the University but also serves as an important regional cultural resource. Peter Bunnell, McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art, has been acting director since the retirement of Director Emeritus Allen Rosenbaum.