December 4, 2006—The Board of Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust has named James N. Wood, an internationally recognized arts leader, as the Getty's new president and CEO. Mr. Wood will take up his position in February after he relocates to Los Angeles from Rhode Island.
Mr. Wood brings to the Getty outstanding leadership ability, deep scholarly knowledge and appreciation of the arts, and proven ability to foster collaboration and community relations. "I am very pleased and proud to have been selected to head the J. Paul Getty Trust," he said. "The Getty offers a unique opportunity to apply my experience in helping to define the challenges facing one of our leading cultural institutions and to reenforce its core mission and commitment to the visual arts. I look forward to working with and learning from the exceptional professional staff and Board of Trustees, determined to realize thoughtful change."
About James N. Wood
James N. Wood served as director and president of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1980 to 2004. Prior to directing the Art Institute, Mr. Wood was the director of The St. Louis Art Museum, an adjunct professor of art history at SUNY at Buffalo, and associate director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. He also held positions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Currently, Mr. Wood sits on the boards of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, the Harvard University Art Museums, and the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design. He is also president of the board of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
Mr. Wood, 65, received his B.A. with honors in art history from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and his M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. His areas of specialization include European paintings and sculpture of the 16th to 20th centuries, American painting and sculpture of the 19th to 20th centuries, and photography, amongst others.
About the J. Paul Getty Trust
The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic organization devoted to the visual arts. Established to promote the diffusion of artistic and general knowledge and guided by the belief that art has the power to enrich lives and strengthen humanistic values, the Getty is committed to making art accessible to all.