Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New director named for Lowe Art Museum - posted by FFAB


New director named for Lowe Art Museum
Miami Herald  By Hannah Sampson

The University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum has named a new director: Jill Deupi, director and chief curator of University Museums at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Deupi’s professional history includes jobs in London, Chicago, Indiana and Washington, D.C., but the 44-year-old is well acquainted with Miami. Her husband is Cuban American and the two have traveled to Miami to visit his extended family for more than 25 years, Deupi said.

“That familiarity and having family down there was one of the enticements for my decision to accept the offer,” she said. 

Deupi, who will start her new job Aug. 11, said she was also motivated by the opportunity to work with an institution with an “incredible history” and a permanent collection of almost 19,000 objects. 

Leonidas Bachas, dean of UM’s College of Arts & Sciences, said in a statement that Deupi was chosen after an extensive search.

“Her distinguished museum experience and academic background in art and art history, as well as her enthusiasm to involve our students in experiential learning are a perfect combination for the Lowe to expand its reach as a didactic resource for the university and local community,” Bachas said.

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