February 25, 2018
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Top national art curator to speak at COA

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Leading curator to deliver Presidential Lecture on collecting fine art and building top collections

BAR HARBOR, MAINE — Suzanne Folds McCullagh, a leading expert in the field of old master works on paper, will present “The Private Collector and the Curator: Building Drawing Collections in Chicago,” a College of the Atlantic Presidential Lecture in the Arts, on Thursday.

McCullagh, a COA trustee and Anne Vogt Fuller and Marion Titus Searle Chair and Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, will speak at the Thomas S. Gates Jr. Community Center on campus from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The event is free and open to the public.

McCullagh is an accomplished curator who holds master’s and doctoral degrees in fine arts from Harvard University.

She began her career at the Art Institute in 1975 as a curatorial assistant while completing her Ph.D. from Harvard and after serving as the curatorial assistant in charge of prints at the Fogg Art Museum. She directed and co-authored the first comprehensive scholarly catalogue of the museum’s Italian drawings in 1997, “Italian Drawings before 1600 in the Art Institute of Chicago.”

In her decades at the museum, McCullagh has acquired some of the most significant works of art held by the Department of Prints and Drawings, particularly in the area of French and Italian drawings and pastels. She was most recently the curator of “Drawn to Drawings: The Goldman Collection and Gray Collection: Seven Centuries of Art.”

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit http://www.coa.edu.