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PEM Strengthens Curatorial Team with Key Hires
Released August 14, 2023
SALEM, MA – The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is pleased to announce the appointment of three exceptional individuals to its curatorial team. These hires reflect PEM's ongoing commitment to sharing its superlative collections of art and culture in exciting and unexpected ways. PEM warmly welcomes these talented curators and looks forward to the contributions they will make in advancing the museum's mission and its efforts to engage with broad and inclusive audiences and partners.
“The simultaneous hiring of two curators focused on American art and culture signals the museum’s focus on fresh thinking about the many and evolving dimensions of the American experience,” said Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, PEM’s Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Executive Director and CEO. “Their collaboration with PEM’s curators, with specialties in fashion, photography, contemporary, maritime, Native American, and Asian art, will create opportunities for multidisciplinary research and interpretation across exhibitions, collection growth, programming, and publishing.”
Dr. R. Ruthie Dibble, The Robert N. Shapiro Curator of American Decorative Art
Dr. R. Ruthie Dibble has been appointed as PEM’s first Robert N. Shapiro Curator of American Decorative Art, a position recently endowed by longtime PEM supporter, former Board President, and Trustee Emeritus, Robert N. Shapiro. Most recently serving as Curator at The Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Dibble specializes in American and British decorative arts from the eighteenth century to the present. Her curatorial work expands the field of American decorative arts by examining the global circulation of objects, the relationship between craft and identity, and the role of craftspeople as agents of social change. Emphasizing collaboration and community connection, Dr. Dibble's curatorial projects empower diverse perspectives and audiences.
Dr. Dibble received a Ph.D. and M. Phil in the History of Art from Yale University, an M.A. in Art History from Williams College, and a B.A. in Art History from Hamilton College. At PEM, Dr. Dibble will oversee one of the country’s preeminent American decorative arts collections, featuring exceptional holdings of furniture, furnishings, and works of material culture. She will also develop an American decorative art gallery and exhibition roster, as well as help develop new interpretative strategies for PEM’s historic houses.
Dr. Jeffrey Richmond-Moll, The George Putnam Curator of American Art
Dr. Jeffrey Richmond-Moll joins PEM as its George Putnam Curator of American Art, where he will oversee an expansive collection that encompasses over four centuries of American art, culture, and creative expression.
Most recently serving as Curator of American Art at the Georgia Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of Georgia, Dr. Richmond-Moll has a wide range of expertise in American art from the colonial era to the late twentieth century. He pursues interdisciplinary, experimental curatorial strategies to tell compelling stories about our nation’s past, present, and future. His highly collaborative practice seeks to forge connections and unlock new ideas about American art and identity.
Dr. Richmond-Moll received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware and an A.B. in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University. He is the former Co-Chair of the Association of Historians of American Art.
Dr. Jiyeon Kim, Curator of Korean Art
Dr. Jiyeon Kim recently assumed the role of Curator of Korean Art, a term position generously funded by the National Museum of Korea. In this role, Dr. Kim will develop PEM’s new Korean art gallery, set to open in 2025.