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Chief Curator Celebrates 30 Years at the Chrysler

Chief Curator Jeff Harrison

Thirty years ago, Jeff Harrison began working at the Chrysler Museum. It's been a three-decade journey from researcher to Chief Curator, and quite simply, his contributions to the Museum are immeasurable.

Jefferson C. Harrison earned his B.A. degree in English literature (1970, with honors) and the Ph.D. degree in the history of art (1987) from the University of Virginia, where he completed his doctoral dissertation on the paintings of Maerten van Heemskerck. His dissertation research was facilitated by fellowships from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York (1976-78) and by the David E. Finley Fellowship, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1979-82).

Mr. Harrison has served the Chrysler Museum of Art since 1982, when he was hired to research its European collection. He was made the Museum’s research curator in 1986, its curator of European art in 1989, and since 1993 has served as the Museum’s chief curator.

He has organized and curated dozens of exhibitions during his tenure and has numerous published works to his credit. We congratulate him on his milestone, thank him for his service, and look forward to his expert guidance as the Museum grows in the future.