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Art Museum Reveals New Director


Thirteen may be an unlucky number for some, but for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it’s a strike of gold. The Philadelphia Museum of Art  New Philadelphia Art Museum Director Timothy Rubannounced that Timothy Rub will follow the late and well-regarded Anne d’Harnoncourt as the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer as the museum’s 13th director. Rub, who currently serves as the Art Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, came out on top after 75 candidates were considered when the museum’s board of trustees voted concordantly for the New York native on June 18th.

The 57-year-old has big shoes to fill after d’Harnoncourt, who died suddenly in 2008 at the age of 64, managed to raise $310 million on account of two capital campaigns and secured the museums most prized possessions, like the $68 million piece “The Gross Clinic” by 19th century local artist Thomas Eakins. However, in a statement released by the museum on Monday, Rub’s appreciation for the illustrious institute sounds promising for PMA’s future.

“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.

As far as his vision for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rub hopes the institution implements its commitment and moral obligation to the surrounding areas. “I 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.” Rub will begin his tenure and employ his strategy this September as he finishes his term in Cleveland.

The highly anticipated new director of the museum is versed and well-bred in field of art. He holds a master’s degree in Art History from the Institute in Fine Arts at New York University and will be able to thoroughly oversee the operations of the museum as he possesses a master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University.

It is with hope that Rub’s all-around, accomplished framework will match and improve upon what Philadelphia and the rest of the artistic world has witnessed for the past 132 years.

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