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New Director Appointed to Pomona College Museum of Art

Kathleen Stewart Howe has been named the Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel '23 Director of the Pomona College Museum of Art and Professor of Art History. The Museum is home to fine art collections and the site of an active program of temporary exhibitions throughout the academic year.

Howe is currently associate director and curator of prints and photographs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, as well as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History and co-chair of the Cultural Studies Colloquium at the university. She has previously served at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and as a fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. She’s consulted with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art on three exhibitions that have traveled internationally, the most recent of these, “First Seen: Portraits of the World’s People” will open at the Dahesh Museum in New York, New York in February.

Howe is a prolific author whose books include First Seen: Portraits of the World’s Peoples (2004), The Social Lens: Photographs from the Ray Graham Collection (2003), Excursions Along the Nile: The Photographic Discovery of Ancient Egypt (1994), Revealing the Holy Land: The Photographic Exploration of Palestine (1997) and Felix Teynard: Calotypes of Egypt, a Catalogue Raisonne (1992), the latter a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in Photography. She has also authored numerous essays and academic papers and lectured at museums throughout the United States and Canada.

Howe received her bachelor of science degree in physics and history from Michigan State University and her doctorate in the history of photography with a minor in Pre-Columbian art history from the University of New Mexico.

Howe will join Pomona College in July. She comes to Pomona College from Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband, Jerome Burstein M.D. She replaces former museum director Marjorie Harth, who has retired after 23 years.

The Pomona College Museum of Art collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets works of art. The Museum, which is open to the public, houses a substantial permanent collection as well as serving as a gallery for the display of temporary exhibitions. Important holdings include the Kress Collection of 15th- and 16th-century Italian panel paintings; more than 5,000 examples of Pre-Columbian to 20th-century American Indian art and artifacts, including basketry, ceramics, and beadwork; and a large collection of American and European prints, drawings, and photographs, including works by Francisco de Goya, José Clemente Orozco, and Rico Lebrun.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.