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Allentown Art Museum director to highlight paintings of well-known collector

4/10/2009 —

Gregory Perry, executive director of the Allentown Art Museum, will serve as guest lecturer for the May session of SAGE at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Corporate Learning Center in Bethlehem. 

Perry will present "Portraits of a Collector, Portraits in the Collection: Samuel H. Kress and the Allentown Art Museum."  The lecture will take a look at the collecting history of S.H. Kress, who formed one of the greatest collections of Old Master paintings in America and gave it away to a number of institutions including the Allentown Art Museum. In addition, Perry will feature and highlight some of the portraits that were given to the local museum from Kress's collection.

Gregory Perry is the Priscilla Payne Hurd executive director of the Allentown Art Museum. Previously, he worked at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, N.J., where he served as director since 2002. During his tenure there, the Zimmerli organized exhibitions of modern and contemporary art that traveled to Europe and Asia. Perry's outreach activities in New Jersey resulted in the highest attendance in the Zimmerli's history in each of the last several years of his tenure as well as doubling of K-12 student audiences. He was also responsible for securing several of the largest gifts of artwork ever to go to the Zimmerli, significantly adding important collections of European 19th and 20th century art, contemporary art, and contemporary American photography. Overall, he was responsible for adding more than 1,200 works of art to the Zimmerli from donations.

Prior to his tenure at the Zimmerli, Perry held several positions at The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history, Perry also has a law degree and practiced for several years before returning to his first passion – the arts and museums.

SAGE (Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment) is a community outreach program of Penn State Lehigh Valley designed to encourage intellectual and cultural enrichment for adults age 55 and older. In the fall and spring, the group offers a new, college-level lecture each month.

This event is open to adults age 55+, but reservations are required. To register, contact Diane Lewis at 610-285-5066 or email dlewis@psu.edu. The Penn State Lehigh Valley Corporate Learning Center is located at 100 Brodhead Road, Suite 120, Bethlehem, PA, 18017.

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