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Originally published in Compass, August 8, 2013
GSA’s Speaker series to feature Princeton professor

John Wilmerding

George Stevens Academy’s Summer Speaker Series continues Tuesday, August 13, at 7 p.m. with “Building a New Museum: Collecting American Art for the Crystal Bridges Museum” by John Wilmerding, Sarofim Professor in American Art, Emeritus, at Princeton University.

Formerly, Wilmerding was a visiting curator in the Department of American art at the Metropolitan Museum and also served as Senior Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, according to a news release from the academy.

He is currently chairman of the board of trustees of the National Gallery and a trustee of the Guggenheim Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. He has an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Vermont and is a member of the American Philosophical Society. President Obama reappointed him to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. A noted scholar of American art and cultural studies, Wilmerding is author of monographs on Fitz Henry Lane, John F. Peto, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Eakins. He has written books on Richard Estes, Robert Indiana, Tom Wesselmann, and Roy Lichtenstein. He has recently worked on exhibitions of Frederic Church in Maine, Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Indiana’s prints, and Pop still life.

The Summer Speaker Series is a program of George Stevens Academy. Talks are held in the Esther Wood Lecture Room and begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 374-2800 or visit