Cantor Arts Center Appoints New Curator Of American Art

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STANFORD, CA November 1998 - Thomas K. Seligman, the John & Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center, announces he has appointed Dr. Claire Perry as Curator of American Art. Dr. Perry holds a doctorate in the history of art from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in international economics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Since 1995, Perry has been responsible for the organization of Pacific Arcadia: Images of California, 1600-1915, an exhibition featuring the art of early California that will be part of the inaugural year's activities for the remodeled and expanded facility. The exhibition will then travel to the San Diego Museum of Art and the Joslyn Museum in Omaha. She is also the author of the 300-page catalogue that will accompany the exhibition and will be published jointly by Oxford University Press and the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford.

Perry's primary interest as a scholar is the cultural history of the United States during the nineteenth century. She is a founding board member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., a member of Stanford University's Humanities and Sciences Advisory Council, and the mother of five sons.

Dr. Perry's responsibilities will involve developing exhibitions originating at the Center and organizing the presentation of traveling exhibitions, such as Arthur Wesley Dow (summer 1999) from the American Federation of the Arts and The Gilded Age (spring 2001) from the National Museum of American Art. She will also be responsible for refining and developing the Center's collection of American Art of the 16th-19th centuries.

"Claire Perry brings a depth of scholarship and interest in American painting that is very necessary to the growth and development of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford. She will join Professors Wanda Corn and Alex Nemerov from the Department of Art and Art History, in raising the stature of American Art at Stanford," said Mr. Seligman.