The Decorative Arts Trust Board of Governors is happy to announce the appointment of Matthew A. Thurlow as the Trust’s next Executive Director, effective February 5, 2014. Matt joins the Trust from the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library where he served as Assistant Director of Development, Major Gifts and Planned Giving. In addition to his Winterthur duties, Matt is Vice Chairman and Director of the Classical Institute of the South. As the Trust’s new Executive Director, he will replace Penny Hunt, who is retiring after 30 years of sterling service to our organization.

It was a challenging process for the Board of Governors when Penny announced her intent to retire last year, but after a thorough national search, we are confident we have found the ideal match in Matt Thurlow. He exemplifies everything the Trust stands for in terms of intellect, scholarship and professionalism, and we are honored to have him guide us into the future as we expand our programs and graduate internships. Because of the exciting work that lies before us, Matt will be working full-time for the Trust, and we look forward to his leadership as we enter this new era.

Prior to Matt’s advancement role at Winterthur, he worked in the Metropolitan Museum of Art as Research Associate and Installations Coordinator for the American Wing. While at the Met, he assisted in developing an innovative and interactive system to increase access to the American Wing’s collection as well as an organization aimed at building interest in the arts among young people. Throughout the past 12 years, he has been associated with a broad variety of organizations that support the arts including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg, the Bermuda Maritime Museum, and the Cooper- Hewitt National Design Museum.

Matt graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University and holds two master’s degrees, one in archeology from the College of William & Mary, and another in early American culture from the University of Delaware. He and his wife, Jennifer, a nurse practitioner, live in Philadelphia with their two-year-old son Trevor. It is with the greatest enthusiasm that we welcome the Thurlows to the Decorative Arts Trust family. Matt and Jennifer will be joining us in New York for the Trust’s VIP weekend Jan. 23–25, and we look forward to introducing them to our membership.

— excerpted from The Decorative Arts Trust Winter 2014 newsletter


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