About \\ Curators

Curatorial profile

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Paula Bradstreet Richter, Curator for Exhibitions and Research


Since 2009, Richter has been responsible for curatorial research and support of the museum's changing exhibition program, related publications and core activities within the curatorial department. She has participated on exhibition teams for more than a dozen recent and upcoming exhibitions and numerous gallery installations and rotations.

Previously serving as the Curator of Textiles and Costumes, Richter organized the exhibitions, Wedded Bliss, the Marriage of Art and Ceremony and Painted with Thread: the Art of American Embroidery and accompanying publications. She was the coordinating curator for the traveling exhibitions, Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel and American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840. For the 2003 PEM expansion project, Richter developed the gallery installation, Transforming Tradition: Arts of New England. She formerly served as PEM's Assistant Curator for American Decorative Art and as the Registrar for the Essex Institute. During her tenure at PEM, Richter has worked on diverse projects including major collections moves and cataloging projects; textile conservation projects; historic house restoration and reinterpretation; exhibition-related symposia and programs; film and integrated media projects.

Richter formerly worked for the Cape Ann Historical Association, the Sargent House Museum and Landmark College. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Richter writes and lectures on American textiles and fashion, and New England art and decorative arts.