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Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Marina Kellen French Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2014

Thomas Campbell is the director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a position he has held since 2009.


Campbell began in The Met’s Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, where he remained for fourteen years, rising through the curatorial ranks as an assistant curator (1995-97), associate curator (1997-2003), and curator (2003 to December 2008). During this time, he conceived and organized the major exhibitions “Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence” (2002) and “Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor” (New York, 2007; Palacio Real, Madrid, spring 2008), both of which incorporated drawings, paintings, prints, and tapestries to widespread acclaim. The 2002 exhibition was named “Exhibition of the Year” by Apollo Magazine, and its catalogue won the 2003 Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Award of the College Art Association for distinguished exhibition catalogue in the history of art.


Campbell attended Oxford Universit and completed his graduate work at the Courtauld Institute in London, after which he went to work for the tapestry dealers David and Simon Franses. In 1994 he joined The Metropolitan Museum of Art, becoming the first supervising curator of the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, which houses the museum’s encyclopedic collection of 36,000 textiles and stands as one of the preeminent centers of textile studies in the world.

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