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July 22, 2002

Gleason joins foundation as the associate curator of furniture

Tara Gleason has been named associate curator of furniture for Colonial Williamsburg. Previously, Gleason served as assistant curator for American decorative arts at Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Del. While there, she assisted with the traveling exhibition “An American Vision: Henry Francis du Pont’s Winterthur Museum,” which currently is on display at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Gleason is the author of an article on one of the Winterthur Museum’s period rooms, “The Georgia Dining Room,” and co-author, along with Winterthur senior furniture curator Wendy Cooper, of an article on 18th-century Rhode Island furniture. She started working at Colonial Williamsburg June 4.

“We are very pleased to have added such an accomplished and talented individual as Tara to our museums family,” said Ronald L. Hurst, chief curator and vice president of museums for Colonial Williamsburg. “I have no doubt that she will distinguish herself in her management of the foundation’s extensive furniture holdings.”

Gleason, who is a native New Yorker, received a bachelor of arts in history from Amherst College and a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s prestigious Winterthur Program. She served on Winterthur’s staff for five and a half years, first as curatorial assistant, then as assistant curator of period rooms and, finally, as assistant curator for decorative arts.

“I am thrilled to be here at Colonial Williamsburg and to be working alongside such a wonderful and dedicated staff,” said Gleason. “I look forward to delving into the furniture collection and exploring with our visitors what the collection can tell us today about the lives and times of the people who made and used these objects.”

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