Worcester Art Museum Names Claire Chandler Whitner Director of Curatorial Affairs, Curator of European Art

The Worcester Art Museum has named Claire Chandler Whitner, a specialist in German modernism and seventeenth-century Dutch art, director of curatorial affairs and curator of European art. She will take up the post on August 20.

Whitner joins the institution from the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, where she has worked since 2014, most recently as the assistant director of curatorial affairs and senior curator. During her tenure at the institution, she oversaw the reinstallation of the Davis Museum’s permanent collection and curated a number of exhibitions, including “Anni Albers: Connections” (2016), “On Distant Shores: Landscapes by Constable and Kensett” (2017), and “#ART-LESS: the Davis. Without Immigrants” (2017).

“Claire has demonstrated a dynamic approach to rethinking a museum’s exhibitions and how an institution can use this process to improve audience engagement,” said Worcester Art Museum director Matthias Waschek. “While her roots are in European art history, from Old Masters to the modern period, her work at the Davis Museum extended across a wide spectrum. This includes many of the leadership and management functions that will be central to her position at WAM. We are thrilled to welcome her to the museum at this exciting time.”