Philadelphia Museum of Art Leadership
Leslie Anne Miller
A Trustee of the Museum since 2011, Leslie Anne Miller is widely admired for her distinguished public service, her accomplishments during her legal career, and her steadfast commitment to politics and the arts. A practicing litigator for twenty-five years, she served as an advisor to former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, co-chairing his finance committee and serving on his transition team. Previously, she was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell as general counsel for the Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel, the state’s largest legal entity. The first woman to hold that position, she oversaw a staff of more than 450. She also served as president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. In 2001, she assumed a leadership role in the establishment of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, serving as its president and later as co-chair of its board.
Ms. Miller is married to Richard Worley, chairman of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. They are major collectors of American art, with a special focus on works created in the Delaware Valley. Ms. Miller is the author, with Alexandra Kirtley, of Start with a House, Finish with a Collection (Scala Arts Publishers, 2014).
Constance H. Williams
Constance H. Williams is chair emerita of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees. She saw the Museum achieve many milestones during her tenure as board chair from 2010 to 2016. In 2010–11, Ms. Williams played a key role in developing a new institutional strategic plan, and she was a guiding force in restoring the Rodin Museum in 2012–13. She guided the successful completion of the 62,000-square-foot Art Handling Facility, the first of several phases planned for the implementation of the Museum’s Facilities Master Plan, the development of interactive technologies now used in special exhibitions and throughout the Museum’s galleries, the digitization of works of art in the collection and archives, and the successful renovation and reinstallation of the galleries dedicated to South Asian art. Her leadership and generosity were critical to the Board’s pivotal decision in June 2016 to authorize the construction of the Core Project phase of architect Frank Gehry’s Facilities Master Plan to renew and expand the Museum’s main building.
Ms. Williams served with distinction as a Pennsylvania State Senator from 2001 to 2008 and as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001. A graduate of Barnard College and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, she is also a vice president and director of the Hess Foundation, a major philanthropic entity supporting higher education and hospitals, performing arts and cultural organizations, synagogues, and human services.
Barbara B. Aronson, David Haas, and Katherine Sachs
Trustees and Co-chairs, It Starts Here: Campaign for the Philadelphia Museum of Art
In 2013, when the quiet phase of It Starts Here: Campaign for the Philadelphia Museum of Art began, Barbara B. Aronson, David Haas, and Katherine Sachs were invited to serve as campaign co-chairs. They are charged with leading the largest fundraising effort that Philadelphia’s arts and culture sector has ever seen. Their leadership extends beyond financial support, to the time, energy, and wisdom they bring to the campaign. In partnership with Museum leadership—Timothy Rub, Gail Harrity, and Jonathan Peterson—and the Campaign Steering Committee, comprising fellow Trustees, the co-chairs are spearheading the fundraising to secure comprehensive support for the Museum’s strategic initiatives, capital projects, and endowment.
Barbara B. Aronson was elected a Trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1999. She is partner at Berger & Co., a private real estate management and development company. She has been a board member at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Fabric Workshop and Museum (Advisory Board), Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art), and University of Pennsylvania Press. Her husband, Ted, is a founder, managing partner, and owner of AJO, Aronson & Johnson & Ortiz LP. Ms. Aronson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in political science.
David Haas was elected a Trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2002. He is a former chairman and currently serves on the board of directors of the William Penn Foundation, which was established by his grandparents, F. Otto (founder of the Rohm and Haas Company) and Phoebe Haas. Mr. Haas is also the chair and president of the Wyncote Foundation. A freelance photographer, his work is in the collections of the Asheville Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boston Public Library, and Allentown Art Museum. He received an AB from Brown University and an MFA in photography from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
Katherine Sachs served as adjunct curator for special exhibitions in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s European Painting and Sculpture department before being named Honorary Trustee in 2014. She has also been an active volunteer at other museums, including the Institute for Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums, and Tate International Council. Ms. Sachs is married to Museum Trustee Keith Sachs, chairman of Saxco International, a family-owned specialty packaging and services company for the liquor and wine industries. The couple collects modern and contemporary art and made a promised gift to the Museum of some ninety works from their acclaimed collection, many of which were featured in a 2016 exhibition.
The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer
Timothy Rub is the thirteenth director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He began his tenure in September 2009, after serving three years as director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Prior to that, he served for six years as director of the Cincinnati Art Museum and for nine years as director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Mr. Rub graduated from Middlebury College in 1974 with a BA and highest honors in art history and then enrolled in the doctoral program at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where he earned an MA and a certificate in curatorial studies. Later, he received an MBA from the Yale School of Management and participated in the Harvard University program for art museum directors. A specialist in architectural history and modern and contemporary art, Mr. Rub began his curatorial career as a Ford Foundation Fellow and curator at Cooper Hewitt in New York.
President and Chief Operating Officer
In 2009, Gail Harrity was appointed to the position of president and chief operating officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since joining the Museum as chief operating officer in 1997, she has overseen a broad range of functions, including finance, marketing and communications, external relations, facilities management, and membership. Working closely with the director, Board of Trustees, and senior leadership team, she has also played a central role in strategic planning and in the development of the Facilities Master Plan.
Before coming to Philadelphia, Ms. Harrity held the position of deputy director at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she was project director for the planning of the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain. From 1982 to 1989, Ms. Harrity worked in a variety of senior positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received her BA from Boston University and her MBA in public and private management at the Yale School of Management.
Director of Development
Jonathan Peterson’s unique and extensive skill set, acquired over a wide-ranging twenty-five-year career, touches every aspect of fundraising and donor development. As director of development for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he is partnering with senior staff and Trustees to lead It Starts Here, the $525 million comprehensive campaign to enhance the endowment, advance strategic initiatives, and implement the Facilities Master Plan and expansion designed by Frank Gehry. He is responsible for a staff of fifty development professionals and all philanthropic efforts, including major gifts, annual giving, institutional giving, stewardship, and communications.
Previously, as director of development for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Mr. Peterson successfully implemented a $610 million capital campaign, managed a staff of forty-five, raised funds to support the operating budget, and oversaw the museum’s membership program of forty thousand households. Additionally, he has been a critical asset to the growth and vitality of many distinguished cultural institutions—the San Francisco Opera, New World Symphony in Miami, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra—and has worked in wealth management at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Mr. Peterson holds an MBA in finance and a BA in music, both from Butler University.
The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art
Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he oversees the growth of the Museum’s contemporary collection while also developing special exhibitions. He was the lead organizer of Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens, which represented the United States at the 2009 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2012, he organized Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp, which opened in Philadelphia in October of that year and traveled to the Barbican Gallery in London in February 2013. Currently, Mr. Basualdo is overseeing the reinstallation of the Museum’s contemporary art collection, as part of the implementation of the Facilities Master Plan.
Mr. Basualdo has written extensively for scholarly journals and art publications, including Artforum, ARTNews, Art Journal, the Art Newspaper, Moscow Art Magazine, Flash Art, Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art, Atlantica, and ArtNexus.
Kathleen A. Foster
The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art and Director of the Center for American Art
Kathleen A. Foster is the Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art and Director of the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she has worked since 2002. Currently, she is supervising the reinstallation of the Museum’s American collection, as part of the implementation of the Facilities Master Plan.
Dr. Foster received her BA from Wellesley College and completed her MA, MPhil, and PhD at Yale University. She has taught at Williams College, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently an adjunct professor in the History of Art department. Before the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dr. Foster served as curator of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and as the Class of 1949 Curator of Western Art after 1800 at the Indiana University Art Museum. Previously, she held curatorial positions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, including the role of chief curator and director of research and publications.
In addition to receiving numerous grants and fellowships, Dr. Foster has been a Whitney Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a visiting fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2015, she was Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
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