Change is afoot at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with news of three staff changes. Two are promotions and one is a new hire.Alexandra Kirtley, previously associate curator of American decorative arts, has been promoted to curator. Jennifer Thompson, associate curator of European painting and sculpture, has also been named curator within her department. Thompson succeeds Joseph J. Rishel, who retired last year and now serves as curator emeritus. In addition, Jessica Todd Smith, currently chief curator of American art at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, will become curator of American art and manager of the Center for American Art from July 1. Timothy Rub, the Philadelphia museum’s director and CEO, said in a statement:
These appointments reflect the Museum’s dedication to supporting the growth of talented and dedicated staff who are leading their fields as well as the importance we place in engaging the very best professionals wherever they may be found across the country or beyond. In this spirit, we are delighted to promote Jennifer Thompson and Alexandra Kirtley and are exceptionally pleased to welcome Jessica Todd Smith to Philadelphia.
Together, Kirtley and Smith will join a curatorial team lead by Kathleen A. Foster, the senior curator and director for the Center for American Art.