The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today the election, by the board’s unanimous vote, of Timothy Rub as the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, replacing the late Anne d’Harnoncourt. The director and CEO of the Cleveland Museum of Art since 2006, Rub received a bachelor’s degree in art history from Middlebury College, a master’s degree in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and a master’s degree in public and private management from Yale University.
At Cleveland, he most recently oversaw the museum’s capital and strategic plans, the reinstallation of the European and American art collections, and the first phase of a major renovation and expansion project. His previous posts included directorships at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, curator at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and a Ford Foundation fellow. Rub’s field of specialization is architecture and modern art, and his scholarly accomplishments include the development of several loan exhibitions and catalogues, among them The Age of the Marvelous; Goddess and Polis: The Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens; Jose Clemente Orozco in the United States, 1928-1934; and Petra: Lost City of Stone.
Rub will assume his new position at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in September.