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June 20, 2007

LOS ANGELES—Dr. Michael Brand, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, announced today that Dr. Karol Wight has been named Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum effective July 1, 2007.

Dr. Wight received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1991, specializing in Roman glass. Her career at the J. Paul Getty Museum began in 1985 when she was chosen as the graduate intern in the Department of Antiquities, and she has remained with the department since, becoming associate curator in 1997 and acting curator in October 2005.

“We are delighted that Karol will become the Getty Museum’s curator of antiquities. Her passion for the job and long experience in the field of antiquities, combined with a deep understanding of the Getty’s collection make her the ideal choice for this important position,” said Dr. Brand. “As acting curator, Karol had major responsibilities associated with the reopening of the Getty Villa, and she has dealt with the challenge of our negotiations with the Italian and Greek governments with steadfastness and calm authority – and a very clear vision for the future.”

In her capacity as Curator of Antiquities, Dr. Wight will oversee a staff of eight and have responsibility for oversight of the Getty Museum’s permanent collection of antiquities, an active changing exhibition program, and public and scholarly programming at the Getty Villa.

Dr. Wight’s specialty in ancient glass has resulted in numerous publications on the subject, the latest, Looking at Glass, being published this year through Getty Publications. Dr. Wight has co-curated a number of important exhibitions during her career at the Getty Museum, and was the curator of Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity, a major inaugural exhibition when the Getty Villa reopened in January 2006. She also curated Athletes in Antiquity: Works from the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum that was on view at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Most recently, Dr. Wight oversaw the installation of Greeks on the Black Sea: Ancient Art from the Hermitage, which was co-curated at the Getty Villa by Janet Grossman, associate curator of antiquities, and guest curator, Anna Trofimova, from the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. She also played a significant role on the team that developed the architectural renovation plans for the Getty Villa as well as the reinstallation of the permanent collection at the site.

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John Giurini
Getty Communications

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