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Dan L. Monroe becomes The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO

SALEM, MA -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces the endowment of its executive director position by Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, long-time PEM supporters and world-renowned collectors of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art. Dan L. Monroe and his successors will be known as The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum, effective immediately.

Financial support for a director's chair is an expression of confidence in the incumbent, and a profound expression of support as the museum moves towards its 2017 expansion.  "We are thrilled to honor Dan Monroe for his transformational accomplishments as director of PEM," said Rose-Marie van Otterloo. "We are proud to be associated with this incredibly dynamic museum. We love its lively creative nature and unique curatorial vision, and very much look forward to the next chapter in its history."

The endowment of a museum director's chair is relatively uncommon in the philanthropic landscape. In New England, only Malcolm Rogers of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Anne Hawley of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Jill Medvedow of the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Thomas E. Lentz of Harvard Art Museums join Mr. Monroe in receiving this honor. Among the top ten museums ranked by institutional endowment, only the Art Institute of Chicago and Harvard Art Museums have endowed directorships.

"I have always admired Eijk and Rose-Marie's commitment to excellence, passion for art, and generosity. It is truly a privilege to carry their names as director of PEM, and we are all deeply grateful," said Dan L. Monroe, The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director of PEM. Eijk van Otterloo has been on PEM Board of Trustees since 1994, with Rose-Marie becoming a Trustee in 2002. 

PEM Board co-Chairmen Sam Byrne and Sean Healey praised Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo for nearly twenty years of leadership and generosity. "The Van Otterloos' dedication to PEM has inspired all of us. We are deeply grateful for their generosity of spirit and wonderful colleagueship," said Healey. Board President Robert Shapiro said, "The Peabody Essex Museum is forever imprinted with the Van Otterloos' commitment to excellence, and genuine, abiding love of art and culture."

PEM's recent blockbuster exhibition Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection presented the Van Otterloo collection of paintings and furniture in its entirety for the very first time. It traveled to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and is currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston until February 12, 2012.

PEM CAMPAIGN

The Peabody Essex Museum has to date raised $570 million toward its $650 million advancement campaign goal and expansion. By the campaign's end in 2017, PEM will rank in the top tier of American art museums as measured by several metrics. Most important, the Campaign will establish a long-term foundation for the realization of the museum's mission to make art creative expression a central part of people's lives. The building expansion is in the process of being designed by Rick Mather Architects of London, UK.

ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands‐on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200‐year‐old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

HOURS: Open Tuesday‐Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am‐5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit our Web site at www.pem.org

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PR Contacts:

April Swieconek  -  Director of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3109  -  april@pem.org

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Public Relations Manager  -  978-745-9500 X3228  -  whitney_vandyke@pem.org

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