Thomas P. Campbell, Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced that he will resign effective 30 June 2017. Campbell has served as the institution’s Director and CEO since 2009 and is a Member of CODART since 2004.
Appointed in 1996 as an assistant curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and supervising curator of the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, Campbell was a curator for thirteen years, and organized two highly acclaimed tapestry exhibitions. He was appointed by The Met’s Board of Directors in fall 2008, succeeding Philippe de Montebello. During his tenure, overall museum attendance has grown by 40 percent to a record seven million across The Met’s three sites.
The Metropolitan Museum has supported CODART greatly for many years. During Campbell’s tenure as director, The Metropolitan Museum became one of the first museums to join CODART as Institutional Member. As a curator, Campbell received CODART in 2007 for the exhibition Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor. More recently, in 2014, he welcomed a group of CODART Patrons for a special viewing of the Pieter Coecke van Aelst exhibition.
We are truly grateful to Thomas Campbell for his support and wish him the best of luck in his future career.