The Morris Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate institution, recently announced that it has appointed Delbarton alumnus Tom Loughman '89 as its next Executive Director. Loughman, a global arts professional with extensive experience in museum management, begins his new role on May 1, 2023.
According to the Museum announcement, "A series of transformative executive and curatorial roles at distinguished art museums has equipped Loughman with the perspective and experience to lead the Morris Museum to its next period of engagement and influence. His five years as Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, CT) were distinguished by a series of critically-acclaimed exhibitions, the creation of a free access program for the city’s residents, major acquisitions and gifts, and the modernization of the museum’s digital and physical presence. Earlier, as Associate Director of the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA), he designed and led the museum’s global program agenda during a period of campus expansion and revitalization." Read the Morris Museum news release here.
Loughman has served since 2017 as co-chair of the Board of the United States National Committee of the International Council of Museums. Trained as a historian of European art, he launched his curatorial career at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and continued at the Phoenix Art Museum, where he served as Curator of European Art and Assistant to the Director for Exhibitions. Other appointments include a variety of curatorial, research, and teaching roles. Born and raised in Morristown, he graduated from Delbarton in 1989 and earned his A.B. degree at Georgetown University in 1993. He received a Masters from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art in 1995, and earned his Ph.D from Rutgers University in 2003.
The Delbarton community salutes Tom Loughman '89 for this wonderful achievement in the field of art museum executive management and curatorial leadership.