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Rebecca L. Hayes is New Curator of Education

The Addison Gallery is pleased to announce that Rebecca L. Hayes has joined the staff as curator of education. Rebecca brings to the Addison 17 years of experience at such institutions as the Peabody Essex Museum, the Williams College Museum of Art, the American Folk Art Museum in New York, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Brian T. Allen, the Addison’s Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director noted, “Because of the Addison’s deep commitment to partnering with regional schools and organizations, as well as serving the Phillips Academy community, Rebecca’s expertise in working with students of all ages to develop visual and critical thinking skills and her ability to build partnerships with teachers and administrators from a wide range of community organizations made her a standout applicant. We are thrilled to have her leading our education department.”

A Merrimack Valley native, Rebecca also brings a special appreciation for the Addison to the post, having discovered her love of museum education during her first job, as the education outreach coordinator at the Addison. Rebecca notes, “It’s wonderful to be back at the Addison Gallery of American Art after 16 years. The Addison’s incredible collection and innovative exhibitions make the museum a unique part of Phillips Academy, the local community, and the larger world. Our mission as a teaching museum and commitment to sharing the collection with as broad an audience as possible is what inspired my career in museum education. I’m so happy to have this opportunity to reconnect with former colleagues and friends in the community and heartened to see that our local partnerships from 16 years ago continue to flourish as new ones develop. I am looking forward to an exciting year of programs and collaborations with the Phillips Academy community and educators, students, and members of our local community organizations.”

Photo: Rebecca Hayes, curator of education at the Addison Gallery of American Art, explores the work of artist Elizabeth Enders with first graders from the Lawrence Family Development Charter School