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August 9, 2006

LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Museum announces the appointment of Mikka Gee Conway as the new Assistant Director for Museum Advancement at the J. Paul Getty Museum.  She will be responsible for policy issues and strategic planning, and will oversee the Museum's work in communications and external relations.  She will also manage major special projects and advise Michael Brand, Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

“Mikka’s diverse background in museum work and her long experience at the Getty during a critical period in its evolution clearly make her the ideal individual for the position, and I am very happy to be working with her in this new capacity,” says Michael Brand, Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Over the past two years, as the Museum has undergone many significant leadership transitions, Mikka has played a consistent and increasingly important role in the administration of the Museum.  She has shouldered a great deal of responsibility on a variety of fronts, and has proven an invaluable member of the senior staff team.”

Conway came to the Getty in 1998 as a graduate intern in the Department of Photographs, and remained on the curatorial staff of that department for four years.  She was co-curator of the 2001 exhibition Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Optical Parables, which traveled to the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.  In 2002, she moved to administration as project specialist and then manager of curatorial affairs in the Office of the Associate Director for Collections.  In that capacity, Conway oversaw special projects and the day-to-day administration of the curatorial, conservation, and registration departments, including managing art acquisitions, provenance research, guest scholar programs, and the planning and implementation of the installation of the recent donation of modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture from the late Fran and Ray Stark.

Conway’s previous experience includes curatorial work in the department of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; project management at the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, Abiquiu, New Mexico; and a curatorial internship at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.  A native of Lawrence, Kansas, she holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Stanford University and a master’s degree in art history from Williams College.

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Miranda Carroll
Getty Communications Department

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