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Peggy Fogelman Elected to Lead Metropolitan Museum's Educational Programs and Initiatives

(New York, September 8, 2009)—Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that Peggy Fogelman will join the Museum as the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education on October 26, 2009. Ms. Fogelman is currently Director of Education and Interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. She will succeed Kent Lydecker, who retired from the Museum in December. Ms. Fogelman was elected at the September 8 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

"I am very pleased that Peggy Fogelman will come to the Met to lend her considerable skills and wisdom to leading our educational activities, which have been at the core of the Museum's mission since our founding in 1870," stated Mr. Campbell. "Given her experience and her creativity, I am confident that she will be an energetic force in working with our talented staff of curators and educators, and in overseeing the expansion and refinement of already extensive programming around the Met's encyclopedic collections, while continuing to galvanize new audiences as we move into the future."

Ms. Fogelman commented: "I am extremely honored to be appointed to the chairmanship of the Education Department, and I look forward to working closely with outstanding colleagues to advance the Met's educational mission. The collections and exhibitions, exceptional in their quality and scope, provide a dynamic foundation for the creation of innovative programs that can deepen engagement and broaden perspectives for both new and existing audiences."

As the Rose Chairman of the Education Department at the Metropolitan Museum, Ms. Fogelman will oversee the full range of the Museum's educational programs for visitors of all ages, from pre-school to the adult level. These programs include lectures and gallery talks, concerts and films, access coordination, and the grants and fellowship program, as well as the Met's prestigious Concerts & Lectures subscription series. During the past year alone, the Museum presented a total of around 20,000 educational events, many of them taking place in the recently rebuilt and technologically enhanced Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education.

Prior to her tenure at the Peabody Essex Museum, where she oversaw all of that institution's educational activities and programs, as well as exhibitions for the Art and Nature Center (an experiential interactive family space exploring connections between science and art), Peggy Fogelman worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum for 20 years. Most recently, she was Assistant Director and Head of Education and Interpretive Programs (2002-2007), supervising all aspects of interpretation of the permanent collections and special exhibitions at both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. She also spent 13 years there in curatorial positions in the Department of Sculpture and Works of Art, including five years as an Associate Curator (1995-2000), during which she organized and collaborated on both international and local exhibitions, planned symposia, and published articles on the permanent collection for both scholarly and non-specialist audiences.

She holds a B.A. in art history from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts from Brown University. She is an Advisory Board member of the Los Angeles Art Association, and was an Acquisitions Committee member of the American Friends of the Israel Museum.

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September 8, 2009

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