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SALEM, Mass.--The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is pleased to announce it has appointed Peggy Fogelman as the new Director of Education and Interpretation.

Fogelman comes to PEM from the J. Paul Getty Museum, where she most recently served as Assistant Director and Head of Education and Interpretive Programs.

"Education and interpretation are central to PEM's mission," says Dan Monroe, PEM executive director and chief executive officer. "Peggy Fogelman brings a national reputation and impressive credentials and experience to the leadership of the museum's broad array of education programs for children, students, families, and adults. She also provides a rare blend of curatorial and education knowledge and experience that will enable her to further advance PEM's unique approach to the museum experience. I am delighted to announce her appointment as our new Director of Education and Interpretation."

At PEM, Fogelman will lead and further develop the museum's successful education programs such as Atrium Alive weekends and other exhibition-related activities and family programs. Her team is also responsible for the award-winning Art & Nature Center and its inspirational exhibitions and events that invite children and their families to discover connections between art, culture and nature.

"I am enormously impressed by PEM's unique range of collections, its commitment to education, and the sincere dedication of the staff, and I am delighted to be part of the team. I look forward to helping advance the museum's mission through innovative programming that engages visitors of all ages in meaningful aesthetic and cultural experiences," says Fogelman.

During Fogelman's tenure at the Getty, the Education department earned multiple awards, including recognition for its family guide, ESL curriculum, and family interactive space. The museum also saw a 400 percent increase in gallery program attendance and an almost 40 percent increase in the number of K-12 students participating in the museum's school visit program. Additionally, Fogelman developed innovative partnerships for programming and educational opportunities with organizations such as the Los Angeles Opera, the Japanese American National Museum, the adult ESL program within the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

Prior to her success in museum education, Fogelman served as Senior Project Specialist in the Getty's Department of Curatorial and Administration and as Associate Curator in the Getty's Department of Sculpture. She has co-organized multiple exhibitions, published articles and essays for both scholarly and general audiences, and most recently curated Zoopsia, an exhibition of newly commissioned work by Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Hawkinson.

As Josh Basseches, PEM deputy director and chief operating officer, says, "Peggy's background and experience speak volumes about her creativity and innovation as an educational leader, and her curatorial background allows her to approach interpretation with a transformative eye."

Fogelman began her new position at PEM on Aug. 1st, 2007.

For an image of Peggy Fogelman, please contact colette_randall@pem.org.

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PR Contacts:

April Swieconek  -  Director of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3109  -  april@pem.org

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Manager of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3228  -  whitney_vandyke@pem.org

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