Tom Loughman Appointed 11th Director and C.E.O. of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Thomas J. Loughman has been appointed the 11th Director and C.E.O. of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn. Loughman comes to the Wadsworth Atheneum with more than 20 years of museum experience, most recently serving as the Associate Director of Program and Planning at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass.
“The opportunity to lead America’s oldest continuously-operating art museum during this pivotal moment is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I embrace wholeheartedly. I am excited to be part of the distinguished tradition of leadership at the Wadsworth Atheneum, and to get to work with the impressive and accomplished professional staff at the museum,” said Loughman. “I am also eager for my family to become active in the fabric of a new community and contribute to the future of the museum and Hartford, a city that has so much to offer through its revered academic institutions and strong cultural history.”
Loughman currently serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-US), and is involved with both the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD).
Loughman replaces outgoing Director and C.E.O. Susan L. Talbott upon her retirement from the post. Talbott departs following a major, $33 million renovation of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s historic campus—which received wide, international acclaim—and leaving a legacy of commitment to community engagement.
About the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States. The museum’s nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art. The Wadsworth Atheneum’s five connected buildings—representing architectural styles from Gothic Revival to modern International Style—are located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Conn. www.thewadsworth.org