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Allentown Art Museum Appoints David R. Brigham as Director


Dr. David R. Brigham has been appointed the Priscilla Payne Hurd director of the Allentown Art Museum by the Museum's board of trustees. Brigham will assume his new post, vacated by Peter Blume in February 2002, on August 1, 2002.

Brigham comes to the Allentown Art Museum from the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, where he has worked since 1996, most recently as director of collections and exhibitions. There he organized popular, scholarly exhibitions on Hudson River School landscapes, American Impressionism, Winslow Homer, and Paul Revere silver and prints. The same outstanding collection of Hudson River School paintings shown by Brigham in Worcester will be featured at the Allentown Art Museum October 13 through December 22, 2002. Brigham was instrumental in bringing major gifts of artwork to the Worcester museum, and he raised funds from public and private endowments to publish a major online catalogue and CD-ROM of early American art. He also worked closely with the African-American and Native American communities in Worcester to develop exhibitions that were meaningful to them.

"Having been a visitor to the Allentown Art Museum for more than a decade," Brigham says, "it is a privilege to serve as its next director. My family and I look forward to joining this art-friendly community."

"Both the board and staff members of the Museum are confident that David will continue to enrich our collections and expand on our services to all segments of the Lehigh Valley community," said Sanford T. Beldon, president of the Museum's board of trustees.

Brigham earned his Ph.D. in American civilization in 1992 from the University of Pennsylvania with the dissertation, "A World in Miniature: Charles Willson Peale's Philadelphia Museum and Its Audience, 1786-1827." He holds an M.A. in American civilization/museum studies, also from the University of Pennsylvania, and bachelor's degrees in English and accounting from the University of Connecticut. He has published several books and catalogues, including the recently issued CD-ROM, Early American Art: A Window on History and Culture, and numerous scholarly articles and essays.

Brigham will be relocating to the Allentown area with his wife, Holly Trostle Brigham, and son, Noble. Mrs. Brigham, a native of Carlisle, is a professional artist and art teacher.

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