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Former Cleveland Museum of Art curator Jon Seydl appointed to head Krannert Art Museum at U. Illinois

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Jon Seydl, the former curator of European painting and sculpture at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will be the new director of the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, IL.
Jon Seydl, the former curator of European painting and sculpture at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will be the new director of the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, IL.(Courtesy Worcester Art Museum)

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Jon Seydl, who served as curator of European painting and sculpture at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 2007 to 2013, has been named as the new director of the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Seydl is the latest in a long line of former Cleveland Museum of Art curators who have moved on to positions of leadership at other institutions across the U.S.

A specialist in Italian Renaissance art, Seydl joined the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts as director of curatorial affairs and curator of European art in 2014.

He most recently held the title of senior director of collections and programs and curator of European art at Worcester, according to a University of Illinois news release.

Seydl's new appointment becomes effective in February, pending approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, the release said.

"I've known about KAM's work for a long time, and I'm very proud to join such a great institution," Seydl said in the release. "KAM's commitment to research, its outstanding curators and nationally recognized exhibition program, the museum's wonderful team and fine collection are what drew me to this role."

In Cleveland, Seydl was the lead organizer for "The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection," an exploration of art inspired by the destruction of the ancient Roman city.

The show's catalogue earned Seydl the Outstanding Catalogue Essay Prize in 2013 from the Association of Art Museum Curators, the Illinois release said.

Seydl will be the ninth director of the Krannert. He succeeds Kathleen Harleman, who was the museum's director from 2004 to 2017, as well as acting dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts from September 2015 until her retirement in August 2017.

Source : http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2017/12/former_cleveland_museum_of_art_1.html

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