MAM appoints curator of European Art

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:43 am

The Milwaukee Art Museum will welcome Tanya Paul this June to serve as the Isabel and Alfred Bader Curator of European Art, a position now funded by longtime museum advocates Alfred and Isabel Bader.


Paul, who was selected through a national search process, has been a curator of European Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla., for about four years.

She will bring additional experience to her new role from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; the University of Virginia Art Museum, now known as the Fralin Museum of Art; and the J. Paul Getty Museum, located in Los Angeles and Malibu, Calif.

Among Paul’s most recognized exhibits is “Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Painting of Willem van Aelst,” a collection she assembled while working for the Museum of Fine Arts and one that was inspired by her 2008 dissertation on the Dutch artist. The exhibit gained national attention when it was brought to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and also highlighted in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

 “Tanya Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this new position at the museum,” said Brady Roberts, chief curator for the Milwaukee Art Museum. “Her expertise in Dutch still life paintings, as well as her expertise in European printmaking, makes her a tremendous asset as we begin our reinstallation process. I look forward to working with Tanya as we move forward.”

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