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Toby Tannenbaum to Join the Getty Museum from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

May 6, 2008

LOS ANGELES—Michael Brand, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, announced today the appointment of Toby Tannenbaum to the position of Assistant Director for Education at the J. Paul Getty Museum.  In this capacity, she will be responsible for the Museum’s multi-faceted educational programs at both the Getty Center and Getty Villa, which includes programs for the general public and specialized audiences, including teachers, school children, college students, and families.  Ms. Tannenbaum will oversee a staff of 55.  She will also join the Getty Museum’s senior management team, reporting directly to Dr. Brand.

Ms. Tannenbaum joins the Getty from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) where she has been on staff since 2000, serving as Director of Education since 2005.  In that capacity, she has overseen LACMA’s educational programs for all audiences, including adults, college students, teachers, students, families, and children.  She also oversaw the museum’s docent council with over 500 members and worked with curators to develop programs and interpretive materials for the permanent collection and exhibitions.  Prior to that, Ms. Tannenbaum was the Associate Director of Education at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.

“The Getty Museum’s commitment to education is a significant part of our core mission and Toby is an exceptionally talented professional to fill this very important role at the Getty,” said Dr. Brand in making the announcement.  “Her background is totally focused on education, both in museums and in a college setting.  She has held senior positions at several prominent Los Angeles institutions, which gives her a crucially important understanding of our community and its needs, and she has also demonstrated a great spirit of innovation.  All these qualities are vital to helping the Getty continue its efforts to reach our local audiences as well as other visitors.”

Prior to her years at LACMA and MOCA, Ms. Tannenbaum was a lecturer and faculty member at the University of Southern California, the California Institute of the Arts, and California State University, Los Angeles.  She studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and received her BFA and MFA degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has co-authored a number of curriculum materials, is a member of several professional associations, and serves on the educational advisory board for KCET, Los Angeles’ public television station.

When she joins the Getty Museum on June 16, Ms. Tannenbaum will replace Peggy Fogelman, who left the Getty in August 2007 to assume the position of Director of Education and Interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Mass.  Since Ms. Fogelman’s departure, Elizabeth Escamilla has served as acting head of education at the Getty.  With Ms. Tannenbaum’s arrival, Ms. Escamilla will resume her role as manager in the Getty’s education department.

The search for the Getty’s new Assistant Director of Education was managed by Gary Kaplan and Associates.

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications

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