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Elizabeth Peterson named director of Oglethorpe art museum; Lloyd Nick retires

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Elizabeth H. Peterson, director of the Julian Akus Art Gallery and coordinator of gallery and museum services at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been named the new director of the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.

Peterson (at left), who has 15 years of experience in museum management and exhibition and gallery programming, seven of them at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, will succeed Lloyd Nick, who will retire at the end of June after 28 years at the museum. Nick established the Oglethorpe museum as a locus for Asian art, particularly through a connection with Oglethorpe alumnus Donald Rubin, founder of the Rubin Museum in New York, and for realism in painting. Nick’s last exhibition, “The Sacred Round: Mandalas by the Patients of Carl Jung,” was a certified coup: the first public exhibition of its kind.

“This is absolutely my dream job,” Peterson says. “It’s an honor to build upon the legacy of founding Director Lloyd Nick and a thrill to lead the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art into the next chapter of its future.”

She will begin the job August 15.

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