Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Museum Director Today

See below announcement from the  Worcester Art Museum…. Some changes in the offing…


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October 25, 2011


To our WAM family:


Matthias Waschek

I am delighted to announce that Worcester Art Museum has found a new Director. Matthias Waschek, Ph.D., will officially begin his appointment as Museum Director on November 16, 2011. Matthias will succeed our current Director, Jim Welu, who announced last year that he would be transitioning into the newly-created position of Director Emeritus.


Matthias brings impeccable credentials to this position. His 20 years of scholarship, curatorial skills, and leadership have established him as a true force in the next generation of museum management. These strengths, together with his passion for art and an impressive track record of creatively engaging traditional and new museum audiences, make his appointment an exciting, evolutionary step for Worcester and our amazing Museum.


Most recently, Matthias directed the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri, where among other achievements, he shaped the identity of the new museum, giving it international renown, and doubling the annual operating budget. Previously, he was Director of Academic Programs at the Musée du Louvre in Paris where he honed his experience in curatorial work, academic programs, teaching, lecturing, publishing, and general management. Matthias was born in Germany and earned his Ph.D. at Bonn University, concentrating in art history, classical archaeology, and modern history.


As you know, the search for a successor to Jim has been lengthy, but it has also been comprehensive and thorough. Matthias earned the unanimous recommendation of the search committee and is certainly most qualified to fill this position. We are delighted that we were able to convince him that Worcester provided the most exciting opportunity from among the many other enticing offers he received! I am convinced that he is absolutely the right person to lead the Worcester Art Museum into the future.


I am most grateful for your ongoing support as we begin this new phase in the Museum's history. I hope that you will be able to join me at our annual meeting on November 16 to welcome Matthias Waschek as the new Director, and to thank Jim Welu for his 37 years of outstanding service to Worcester Art Museum.


Sincerely yours, 










Clifford J. Schorer, III, President











David A. Lucht  P.E., FSFPE
Adjunct Professor & Director Emeritus
Center for Firesafety Studies
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester,  Massachusetts   01609  USA
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