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October 9, 2009

Janine Skerry named CW's curator of metals

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has appointed Janine E. Skerry as curator of metals, according to Ronald L. Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg’s Carlisle H. Humelsine Chief Curator and vice president for collections, conservation and museums.

Skerry had served as curator of ceramics and glass since joining Colonial Williamsburg in 1993. “The appointment is a perfect fit,” Hurst said. “Prior to her outstanding service to the foundation as curator of ceramics and glass, Janine’s professional and academic career centered around British and American silver.”

Skerry holds a doctoral degree from Boston University, where her dissertation was titled “Silver at Harvard College from its Founding to the Revolution.” “Colonial Williamsburg possesses one of the best collections of British silver,” Skerry said. “My objective is to build an equally important collection of American silver – a truly daunting task – although we have a solid foundation from which to begin.”

Skerry’s appointment fills a void left last year by the retirement of John Davis, longtime curator of metals for Colonial Williamsburg.

Prior to her recent appointment, Skerry co-authored with Suzanne Findlen Hood “Salt-glazed Stoneware in Early America,” the first scholarly volume on the topic and published by Colonial Williamsburg in 2009. She also curated “Pottery with a Past: Stoneware in Early America,” a special exhibition on view at Colonial Williamsburg’ DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum through 2010.

Before joining Colonial Williamsburg, Skerry served as associate curator and earlier as assistant curator for Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts. She also has served as acting assistant curator for the Yale University Art Gallery, where she reinstalled the Garvan collection of American silver. In addition, Skerry has been an independent consultant in American and English silver.
Prior to earning her doctoral degree from Boston University, Skerry completed a master’s degree at Winterthur Museum and the University of Delaware, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.
Janine Skerry resides in Williamsburg with her husband.

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