Naomi Slipp is the new chief curator of the Whaling Museum

New Bedford – The New Bedford Whaling Museum announces the appointment of Naomi Slipp as President Douglas and Cynthia Crocker as Chief Curator. Reporting to President and CEO Amanda McMullen, Slipp will lead the curatorial, collections and library teams. She will partner with the staff and trustees of the Whaling Museum to formulate a vision and strategy for public engagement through a wide range of exhibits, publications and programs. Slipp will join the Museum on August 30.

Hailing from the South East Coast of New England, Slipp brings to his role a wealth of curatorial, teaching, teaching and research experience from a career that has combined his interests in art, science and history.

“Naomi’s appointment marks a critical chapter for the New Bedford Whaling Museum, whose mission is to stimulate learning through explorations of art, history, science and culture rooted in stories. the people, the region and an international seaport, ”said McMullen. “Naomi will play a pivotal role in ensuring that the Whaling Museum boldly moves forward to achieve its strategic goals related to the themes of ‘Welcome, Engage, Manage and Thrive.’ “

Visitors take a closer look at the work of Albert Pinkham Ryder on display at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford.

Slipp commented: “I am very happy to be moving home to take on a leadership role at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, a museum that I grew up with and that has special meaning to me. I look forward to working with staff and trustees and together advancing the museum’s vision and strategic initiatives. I’m especially excited to work with colleagues to shape a collaborative vision to harness collections and facilities to tell new stories that reach the local community in impactful ways, and also connect New Bedford to important global stories and narratives. “

Slipp comes to the position of chief curator of the Auburn University Whaling Museum in Montgomery, where she was a full professor of art history. Slipp also managed the university gallery and directed the university’s museum studies program. She is also editor-in-chief of Panorama: Journal of the Association of American Art Historians, and recently completed a five-year term as secretary of the Association. Slipp has also held positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Harvard Art Museum, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She holds a doctorate. in Art History from Boston University and an MA from the University of Chicago.

Growing up in the area, Slipp is passionate about maritime history and has blended this interest creatively with her studies in art and science. His research has been very varied, with lectures, publications and exhibitions covering subjects such as artistic anatomy and 19th century medicine; “Golden Age Dinner: Ecological Anxiety, Fisheries Management and Presidential China by Rutherford B. Hayes”; Winslow Homer’s paintings of fishermen as a reflection of natural abundance and decline; “Illustrating violence: the Amistad affair, panoramic painting and national identities”; and “Crossing Two Cultures: A Portrait of William McIntosh, Southern Slave Owner and Chief of Lower Creek”.

The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, the museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, in the heart of the city‘s historic downtown. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for Museum members and children three and under; adults $ 19, seniors (65+) $ 17, students (19+) $ 12, children and youth $ 9. For more information visit

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