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T. Barton Thurber. Photo: Kasey Ivan.

T. Barton Thurber Named Director of Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, has appointed T. Barton Thurber as its next director. Thurber currently serves as associate director for collections and exhibitions at the Princeton University Art Museum. He will succeed James Mundy, who is stepping down after twenty-eight years at the center, and will assume his responsibilities on August 5.

“Bart brings a breadth of knowledge and expertise to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and we are delighted to welcome him to our Vassar community,” the president of the college, Elizabeth Bradley, said. “While we are saddened to say goodbye to the incomparable James Mundy, he leaves us with a legacy that has transformed the Loeb into one of the finest college art museums in the country. We look forward to his continued presence as director emeritus.”

Thurber will also serve as a lecturer of art. Previously, he taught at the University of Maryland, Harvard University, George Washington University, and George Mason University. He was also curator of European art at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College before he joined Princeton in 2012. During his time at Princeton, he oversaw the museum’s exhibition program, conservation efforts, and other initiatives, such as the commissioning of public art.

Commenting on the new role, Thurber said: “The energy and enthusiasm for the arts is obviously an integral part of Vassar’s dynamic liberal arts program, and I’m eager to see how the Loeb can continue to build and promote it.”

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