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William M. Griswold Named Associate Director for Collections, J. Paul Getty Museum

August 2, 2001

Los Angeles--Deborah Gribbon, Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum and Vice President of the J. Paul Getty Trust, today announced the appointment of William M. Griswold as Associate Director for Collections. In this position, Griswold will assume many of the duties performed by Gribbon prior to her appointment as Director of the Getty Museum in October 2000, notably overseeing its curatorial, conservation, exhibitions, and education departments, among other collections-related activities. His appointment will be effective in October.

Griswold, 40, has been the Charles W. Engelhard Curator and Head of the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library since 1995. From 1988 to 1995, he was on the staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, first as assistant and then associate curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints. Griswold was the co-author with Jacob Bean of 18th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has written extensively on Florentine drawings of the early Renaissance. He recently oversaw the design and creation of the Morgan's Drawing Study Center, and in 1999 he co-curated New York Collects, its first major exhibition devoted to 20th-century art. A member of the board of directors of the Somerset House Art History Foundation, he serves as associate editor of the scholarly journal Master Drawings, to which he is a regular contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and a Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

"I am delighted to be able to make the appointment of such a distinguished professional as Bill Griswold," commented Gribbon, "and look forward to working with him. I have admired Bill's work as a curator at both the Morgan Library and the Metropolitan Museum, as well as his publications and exhibitions. His scholarship is impressive, and his broad experience will be a tremendous asset, not only to the Museum, but to the Getty as a whole."

Griswold said, "I am very excited to have the chance to participate in the further development of the Getty's collections, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. Under Debbie's leadership, the Museum is entering a new phase of its growth, and I look forward to being a part of it."

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