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September Business Before Business Breakfast

September Business Before Business Breakfast
. Please Note --> This is a Past Event!! .

Date: 9/18/2013
Time: 7:30 AM TO 9:15 AM

Nassau Club of Princeton
6 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

(609) 924-1776

Event Description:

Speaker: James Steward, director, Princeton University Art Museum
Topic: 'The Museum as catalyst for community'

With its roots in the 18th century, the Princeton University Art Museum has long been a cabinet of treasures for those in the know and a training ground for future art professionals. Building on those traditions, the Museum is now committing itself to be a gateway to the Princeton campus for visitors from all over the world, a dynamic community resource, a town square in which the best of the world's cultural heritage can be explored and tested. Drawing on his ongoing research on museums and public policy, Museum director James Steward will discuss the Museum's growing role as a catalyst for democracy and a community engine.

James Steward joined the Princeton University Art Museum as its director in April 2009. Since that time, Steward has launched a number of initiatives to position the Museum at the heart of the university experience, including expanding the Museum's program of exhibitions and educational activities as well as its outreach efforts and its open hours, leading to a 50% growth in attendance. Prior to coming to Princeton, he served from 1998 to 2009 as director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, where he oversaw the planning, construction and fundraising for a major new building, recognized as one of the year's 10 best new buildings by the American Institute of Architects for 2010. At Princeton, Steward directs a staff of 75 with an operating budget of approximately $15 million and collections of over 80,000 works of art, holds the position of Lecturer with the Rank of Professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology, and is a Fellow of Princeton's Rockefeller College. Steward holds his B.A. from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in the History of Art from Trinity College, Oxford University.


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