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Anna D’Ambrosio Named New President of MWPAI

The Board of Trustees at Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute has announced that Museum of Art Director and Chief Curator Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio has been appointed President and CEO, effective in early August. D’Ambrosio succeeds Anthony Spiridigloizzi, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

FX Matt III, chair of the search committee, said the Institute, assisted by the search firm Arts Consulting Group, conducted a nationwide search for the new President. “Anna emerged as the committee’s unanimous choice from among a group of eight highly accomplished arts organization executives. We concluded that Anna’s record of accomplishment, her passion for the Institute and her vision for the future are the qualifications that will make her the right leader for the Institute’s next chapter.”

MWPAI Board Chair Vige Barrie said, “We are thrilled that Anna will be MWPAI’s next president. As director of the museum for the last five years, Anna has already been an outstanding leader within the organization where she has welcomed ever-expanding numbers of visitors. During her more than two decades working at MWPAI, she has been committed to the institute’s long-term success, and we look forward to continued growth and community engagement and support under her leadership.

D’Ambrosio joined the MWPAI staff in 1989 as curator of decorative arts. Since being appointed director of the Museum of Art in 2012 she has staged well-reviewed exhibitions including “Shadow of the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt and Its influence,” “Monet to Matisse,” and last summer’s “The World through His Lens; Steve McCurry Photographs.” These exhibitions have brought world-renowned artworks to the region, delighting Mohawk Valley residents and those from across the state and beyond. D’Ambrosio has enhanced the Museum’s programming, actively engaging the community, significantly increasing visitation, drawing new audiences to the Institute, and educating thousands of school children.
D’Ambrosio is a nationally recognized scholar in 19th-century American decorative arts (furniture, glass, silver). She has lectured extensively across the country, has curated dozens of museum exhibitions, and has authored numerous books and articles, several of which have won national awards.

A native of Albany, N.Y., D’Ambrosio holds a master’s degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and received her bachelor’s from College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. She lives in New Hartford, with her husband Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, President and CEO of the Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, and their two daughters.