Decorative Arts Trust Appoints Matthew Thurlow as Executive Director
November 20, 2013
(Philadelphia, PA) – The Decorative Arts Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew A. Thurlow as the Trust’s next Executive Director, beginning in January 2014.
Thurlow, a decorative art historian and museum professional, currently serves as Assistant Director of Development, Major Gifts and Planned Giving, at the Winterthur Museum, Library, and Garden. In addition to his duties at Winterthur, Thurlow is Vice Chairman and Director of the Classical Institute of the South. As the Trust’s new Executive Director, he will replace Penny Hunt, who is retiring from the Trust after 30 years of service.
Prior to his role at Winterthur, Thurlow worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as Research Associate and Installations Coordinator for the American Wing. Throughout the past 12 years, he has published and lectured widely on American furniture and has been associated with a variety of organizations that support the arts, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg, the Bermuda Maritime Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
“Matt’s credentials as a scholar in the decorative arts and his knowledge and experience in museum advancement made him the perfect fit for the Trust,” said Randy Schrimsher, President of the Decorative Arts Trust. “The Board of Governors is honored to have Matt lead the Trust as we enter a new era, expanding programs and scholarships.” Calling Thurlow a rising star, Trust Vice-President Dean Failey said, “Matt exemplifies everything the Trust stands for in terms of intellect, scholarship, and professionalism.”
The Decorative Arts Trust, founded in 1977, is a non-profit national organization of collectors, museum professionals, and others who share an interest in the study and preservation of the decorative arts through an exchange of information, lectures, and seminars. The Trust also supports graduate students in the decorative arts field through scholarships, grants, and internships at leading museums and historical societies. More information about the Trust is available at decorativeartstrust.org