About \\ Leadership at PEM

Executive Leadership Team

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Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, The James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Deputy Director


Appointed as PEM's first chief curator in 2003 and as deputy director in 2016, Hartigan has led an innovative, ambitious and award-winning curatorial and exhibition program. She has successfully developed a strategic plan for reimagining the museum's curatorial practice and creating its first comprehensive exhibition, publishing and collection initiatives.The leading scholar on American artist Joseph Cornell, Hartigan specializes in American art, especially modern, folk and outsider, and African American art, yielding numerous widely recognized exhibitions and publications. Prior to joining PEM, Hartigan was chief curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., where she built the internationally recognized collections of American folk art and African American art and led a major acquisitions initiative for modern and contemporary art. As deputy director, Hartigan leads the interpretation and reinstallation of PEM's collection in the museum's new 40,000-square-foot wing set to open to the public in 2019. Hartigan will also support PEM's Advancement Campaign goals as well as the museum's new Collection Stewardship Center, education, digital and global leadership initiatives.

Hartigan holds a B.A. in art history from Bucknell University and an M.A. in art history from George Washington University and attended the Claremont Graduate University/Getty Leadership Institute. Currently, she is a board member of the Association of Art Museum Curators.