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For Immediate Release:

Thomas Padon Named as Director of the Brandywine River Museum

Chadds Ford, PA July 13, 2012 The Trustees of the Brandywine Conservancy announced the appointment of Thomas Padon as the next director of the Brandywine River Museum. Padon, who will take up the post on September 1, 2012, will be the Museum's third director since its founding in 1971. The Brandywine River Museum has an international reputation for its collections of American art and illustration, including works by N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.

Padon will report to Virginia A. Logan, whose tenure as Executive Director of the Brandywine Conservancy began on January 1st of this year. "Together with eight trustees on the Search Committee, we reviewed scores of candidates, and are delighted to have found in Tom Padon the ideal mix of museum management experience, leadership style and enthusiasm for our collection and mission," said Logan.

"Tom Padon brings extensive experience in the museum world and an impressive commitment to scholarship to his new role," said George A. Weymouth, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brandywine Conservancy. "We are thrilled that he is joining the staff."

"The directorship at the Brandywine River Museum is nothing less than a matchless opportunity for me. I am inspired by the way this singular museum-with its stellar collection, committed board and bucolic setting on land the Brandywine Conservancy has carefully preserved-pays homage to American art" said Padon. "It is with great excitement that I assume the role of director at this pivotal moment in the institution's history. I look forward to working with the board and talented staff to further cultivate the national and growing international activities of the museum."

Padon has held senior management positions at museums and arts organizations internationally. He comes to the Brandywine River Museum from the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of the largest museums in Canada. Based in New York, he was assistant director and director of international partnerships. He initiated collaborations with leading museums such as the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, such major exhibitions as The Color of My Dreams: the Surrealist Revolution in Art, and participated in strategic and institutional planning.

Previously, Padon was director of the Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonné, where he oversaw the cataloguing of all paintings by the seminal German-born artist. Prior to that he was deputy director for exhibitions and programs at the American Federation of Arts. While there Padon organized major projects including Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum; Degas and the Dance; and numerous exhibitions focusing on American artists such as Charles Burchfield, Arthur Wesley Dow and Maxfield Parrish (co-organized with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts) as well as the American Impressionists (co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art). He also held curatorial positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where he was involved in organizing major exhibitions of the work of Josef Albers, Georges Braque, Mario Merz and Joan Miró.

Publications by Padon include a catalogue raisonné of American artist Nancy Graves and Contemporary Photography and the Garden: Deceits and Fantasies, as well as TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945 and Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Ages of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, for which he was editor. Padon holds art history degrees from the University of Colorado and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

The Brandywine River Museum, set in a former gristmill that was built in 1864, has an international reputation for its unparalleled collection and its dedication to American art with primary emphasis on the art of the Brandywine region, American illustration, still-life and landscape painting. It features one of the largest and most important holdings of art by the Wyeth family. Visitors to the museum also have the opportunity to tour the house and studio of N.C. Wyeth as well as the studio of Andrew Wyeth and the Kuerner Farm, also located in Chadds Ford.

The Brandywine River Museum is a program of the Brandywine Conservancy. Founded in 1967, the Brandywine Conservancy preserves art and the environment, including the open space and countryside painted by many artists in the Museum collection. It holds more than 440 conservation easements and has protected over 45,000 acres in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Through its nationally recognized Environmental Management Center, the Conservancy provides services to landowners, farmers, municipalities and developers tailored to the character and function of the land, goals of the landowner, and interests of the community. In 2008, the Brandywine Conservancy was among the first land trusts in the country to be awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The Museum is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors, $6 for students and children ages 6 to 12; and free for members and children under six. Tickets for the Andrew Wyeth Studio, the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio and the Kuerner Farm tours cost an additional $8 each. For more information, including tour schedules, please call 610-388-2700 or visitwww.brandywinemuseum.org.

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