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Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Names Lisa Graziose Corrin as New Director

Lisa Graziose Corrin, a former director of the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), has been named the next Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, effective Feb. 1, 2012.

Currently a Clark Fellow at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and visiting scholar in museum studies at New York University, Corrin served from 2005 to June 2011 as Class of 1956 Director of the Williams College Museum of Art.

“Lisa will bring extensive curatorial experience, deep knowledge of contemporary art, visionary programming and intellectual leadership to the Block,” said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro. “We are thrilled that, following our national search, she has agreed to head up the Block.”

During her six years as WCMA director, Corrin raised the museum’s campus profile and deepened the museum’s commitment to its teaching mission. She taught graduate and undergraduate students in the Williams art department, and, through the use of the museum, she significantly strengthened faculty and student engagement in teaching and learning across various fields of study. She also raised participation in public programs and related activities, and she continued to develop partnerships with area museums — the Clark Art Institute and MASS MoCA — as well as with college and university art museums nationally.

Corrin will succeed David Alan Robertson who will retire as the Block director Dec. 31.

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