Comments Regarding John Wetenhall’s Appointment as Director

William Eiland, Director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia
“George Washington University is fortunate to have as the first director of its new museum John Wetenhall, an experienced leader, who knows that great universities nurture great museums. He will bring to the partnership of GW's collection with the Textile Museum intelligence and expertise, as well as knowledge of museum standards and best practices that will elevate both.”

Gail Meyers, President of the Board of Trustees, Miami Art Museum
"Dr Wetenhall is a creative, dynamic and brilliant thinker whose knowledge of art and its historical reference will be a great addition to GW, and to the new museum. As a leader in the American Association of Museum Directors, Dr. Wetenhall has been deeply involved in pursuing the changing role of museums in the 21st century. How a museum uses technology and how that technology utilizes the visual arts to bridge diverse cultures are areas about which Dr. Wetenhall has lectured extensively. His unique background in art, business and academia will be invaluable resources as the university fuses two museums."

Meme Omogbai, AAM Board Chairperson
“John Wetenhall is a museum leader whose commitment to the arts knows no boundaries as evidenced by his international outreach and diversity. He is a strategic thinker who understands the role of and business plan for the Museum of the 21st century - a talent that he displayed as a co-author of The Spark, the strategic plan of the American Alliance of Museums.”

Comments Regarding GW and Textile Museum Affiliation

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
“Our thanks and congratulations to George Washington University on the addition of The Textile Museum to GW's campus. The Textile Museum and the Albert H. Small collection of artifacts showcasing the District of Columbia's history are especially important additions. You have given residents and tourists, alike, a new and different take on our city.”

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
“Our thanks and congratulations to George Washington University on the addition of The Textile Museum to GW's campus. The Textile Museum and the Albert H. Small collection of artifacts showcasing the District of Columbia's history are especially important additions. You have given residents and tourists, alike, a new and different take on our city.”

Steven Lerman, Provost of The George Washington University
“By bringing the Textile Museum to GW, our university continues to provide incredible resources to our students, the surrounding community and guests to the nation’s capital. This new partnership is a reflection of GW’s deep commitment to the arts, museum studies and museum education. We are excited for the opportunities this collection will provide for scholars and visitors alike.”

Maryclaire Ramsey, Director, The Textile Museum
“As part of the George Washington museum and GW’s academic community, The Textile Museum will strengthen its ability to more broadly communicate the value of textiles as an important, unique and universal art form as well as a bridge to understand the world’s cultures.”

Dr. Peg Barratt, Dean of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at The George Washington University
“The wide spectrum of artistic, social, and scientific disciplines housed within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences will benefit greatly from the addition of the world-class collection of The Textile Museum. Top scholars from around the world pursuing degrees in anthropology, fine arts and art history, interior design, museum studies, and Judaic, Africana, and American studies will have a rich resource of more than 18,000 pieces at their fingertips, considerably enhancing their education through exposure to materials of great international and historical variety.&”

 

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