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Peterson named new Oglethorpe museum head
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June 13, 2012 09:39 AM | 1511 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a nationwide search, Elizabeth H. Peterson has been selected as the director of the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. Most recently, Peterson was director of the Julian Akus Art Gallery, coordinator of Gallery and Museum Services, and adjunct professor at Eastern Connecticut State University. Peterson will assume her new position Aug. 15. She succeeds founding director Lloyd Nick, who is retiring at the end of June after serving 28 years.

“Elizabeth Peterson is a collaborative, creative and highly energetic artistic administrator who will be a tremendous asset to the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art and the entire campus community,” said Denise von Herrmann, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oglethorpe University. “This is an exciting time to welcome Elizabeth to Oglethorpe, as we continue to expand students’ opportunities for ‘engaged creativity’ as part of the unique liberal arts education we provide.”

Peterson brings 15 years of experience in museum management and exhibition and gallery programming and education at a variety of institutions. Peterson earned her undergraduate degree at Wells College and a master’s, with a concentration in both art history and conservation, from Pratt Institute.

“This is absolutely my dream job,” said Peterson. “Oglethorpe University’s commitment to liberal arts, coupled with the unique and beautiful mission of the OUMA provides a wonderful opportunity for students to enjoy and learn by employing the museum as a learning lab. It’s an honor to build upon the legacy of founding director Lloyd Nick and a thrill to lead the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art into the next chapter of its future.”

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