Lowe Art Museum Names Dr. Jill Deupi as New Director
Unless you are an employee of, member, docent or frequent visitor to the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables it's likely you're unaware that it is South Florida's oldest visual arts institution and boasts a whopping 19,000 objects spanning five millenniums of art history in its collection today.
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But that's all about to change for the only place in town where you can catch rare Jewish mosaics from the Roman Empire and ancient Greek urns, contemporary Cuban paintings, pre-Colombian sculptures or Renaissance opuses during an afternoon visit to the research and teaching institution at any given time.
That's because the Lowe, which had its genesis in a musty UM campus classroom back in 1950 and opened to the public in a free-standing building two years later, has hired Dr. Jill Deupi as its new director and charged her with helping place the museum atop the region's cultural organizations.
"I am honored to have been selected to lead the Lowe Art Museum as it embarks on an exciting new chapter in its rich and storied history," says Deupi, who currently serves as director and chief curator of University Museums at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
While at Fairfield, Deupi also served as an assistant professor of art history since 2008, as well as founding director of the campus' Bellarmine Museum of Art which opened in 2010.
Deupi says the Lowe is "perfectly poised to catapult itself to the next level, building upon its tremendous resources and past successes while embracing 21st century museum practice, contemporary art and culture, and new education modalities - above all, participatory learning."
The 44 year-old mother of three also credits the Lowe's solid foundation and Miami's effervescent arts scene for her decision to join UM, beginning August 11.
"I am thrilled to be coming to Miami. My husband, Victor, is a Cuban-American and has strong family ties to the city. He is an architect who teaches at the School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology and will be joining me at the University of Miami as a lecturer on the faculty here," Deupi adds.