Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio
President and CEO
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Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio became Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Art at MWPAI in March of 2012. Since 2007, she had served as Assistant Director, Museum of Art. She has also held the position of Curator of Decorative Arts since 1989. D'Ambrosio holds a master's degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and has furthered her studies through the Attingham Program, Victorian Society Summer School, and a Winterthur research fellowship. She received her bachelor's degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. During her tenure she has added important cabinetmakers such as Herter Brothers, Daniel Pabst, Kimbel and Cabus, Charles Rohlfs, Lockwood de Forest, and Louis Tiffany to the collection as well as significant examples of silver by Tiffany & Co., Gorham Manufacturing, and George Sheibler.
Anna has lectured extensively throughout the United States and has curated more than fifty exhibitions on American furniture, silver, and textiles. Her exhibition, A Brass Menagerie: Metalwork of the Aesthetic Movement, was called "One of the small, must-see exhibitions this season," in an August 2005 review in the "New York Times." The exhibition opened at MWPAI in Utica in the fall of 2005 and traveled to the Bard Graduate program in New York City. The accompanying catalogue won four awards including citations from the Victorian Society in America, the Victorian Society Metropolitan Chapter, The Association of Art Museum Curators, and Historic New England.
Her periodical publications include articles for "The Magazine Antiques," "19th Century" (the magazine of the Victorian Society in America), and book reviews. She also contributed to and edited the book Jewels of Time: Watches from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in 2001 and oversaw the corresponding five-year-long national and international tour of the Museum's 16th-through 20th-century European watch collection. Her 1999 book Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute won the 1999 Victorian Society in America Ruth Emory Book Award for its contribution to furniture scholarship.