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April 5, 2011

Klare Scarborough is Named Director and Chief Curator of
the La Salle University Art Museum

Jean Watson, Ph.D.

Klare Scarborough, Ph.D., has been named Director and Chief Curator of the La Salle University Art Museum. Scarborough brings to La Salle an academic specialization in the history of art, with a focus on modern and contemporary art, as well as an experienced background in development and museum management.

“An accomplished scholar, administrator, and fundraiser, Klare will prove to be invaluable as the University looks to raise the visibility of the Art Museum’s collection throughout the community,” said Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., Provost at La Salle University. “Her expertise fits perfectly with the Art Museum’s wide-ranging collection.”

Scarborough will provide the overall strategy for the Art Museum’s exhibition and education programs, care and conservation of the permanent collection, as well as overseeing fundraising and acquisitions for the collection.

“I was pleasantly surprised when I came for my first visit to the Art Museum. I could not believe La Salle’s collection included works by Tintoretto, Ingres, and Eakins,” said Scarborough. “It is such an amazing collection with much potential. I see a lot of possibilities for new ways to engage visitors with art, particularly through the use of technology.”   

“The La Salle Art Museum has such a wealth of history and culture for visitors to experience,” said Scarborough. “One of the things that most impresses me about the collection is how each piece was consciously chosen over the years specifically to be part of a teaching museum—not just for art history students, but for all disciplines.”

Scarborough most recently served as a consultant for the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, specifically for the African Healing Journeys exhibition planning project, and the Digital Corinth Synchronized Database Project. Previously, she worked full-time as a development and project manager for the Penn Museum, handling fundraising and special exhibitions including Amarna, Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun, and Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya. She has also done consulting work with the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, Pa., and The Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum in Philadelphia.

Scarborough earned her doctorate degree in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College. She has a master’s degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and a bachelor’s degree from the Newcomb College at Tulane University. Scarborough also studied in Italy for a year at the University of Florence. Since earning her Ph.D., she has taught college-level courses in History of Art, Visual Communication, and African Art at several local colleges.

About The La Salle University Art Museum:

The La Salle University Art Museum began in 1965 as a study collection for the University’s art history majors. It opened in its current location, on the lower level of Olney Hall, in 1976.  The collection has grown as a result of acquisitions and donations from friends and collectors. The museum houses more than 4,000 objects and is currently the only university in the Philadelphia area to own a permanent display of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Renaissance to the present.