Getty Names New Director of Conservation Institute
December 15, 1998
Los Angeles, Calif. The J. Paul Getty Trust announced today the appointment of Timothy P. Whalen as Director of the Getty Conservation Institute. Whalen, a native of Southern California, has been in charge of conservation grant-making activities for the Getty Grant Program since 1991, and has been with the Getty since 1981.
Prior to managing conservation grants, Whalen served for five years as Assistant Director of the Getty's building program office, where he supervised and coordinated early planning and programming for the Getty Center project. Before that appointment, he was Assistant Director for Administration with the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, and earlier, worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu. He holds a B.A. in art history and an M.A. in art history and museum studies from the University of Southern California. During the academic year 1994-95 he was a Loeb Fellow in Advance Environmental Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he examined the current role preservation issues play in urban planning and public policy debates.
During his tenure with the Getty Grant Program, Whalen has been responsible for the funding and oversight of a number of notable projects in architectural conservation and museum conservation, as well as the expansion of the Getty's funding activities in Los Angeles. Among the international preservation projects was the planning and execution of the conservation of the Early Christian and late Medieval mosaic cycles at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. He was also instrumental in helping the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco organize an international conference on the conservation challenges presented by video works of art. Nationally, a number of notable historic American residential buildings, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water and Henry Hobson Richardson's Glessner House, received conservation planning support during Whalen's administration. He was also involved in advancing the National Trust for Historic Preservation's efforts to diversify the field of historic preservation, through a series of grants enabling preservationists from diverse communities to attend the National Trust's annual meetings.
"I am delighted that we could appoint a longstanding and trusted Getty colleague who is as well suited to this job as Tim Whalen," said Barry Munitz, President and CEO of the Getty Trust. "Tim brings extensive experience and a broad perspective on the entire field of art, architectural, and archaeological conservation. His deep knowledge of the Getty's activities and his understanding of the issues in both conservation and funding perfectly position him to lead the Getty Conservation Institute."
The Getty Conservation Institute has worked collaboratively with other cultural organizations to develop new methods and innovative strategies for conserving the world's artistic and cultural heritage. The Institute continues to build on its track record researching new techniques and technologies in conservation science, disseminating important information to professionals in the field, and training the next generation of conservators internationally. "I am energized by the Getty Trust's commitment to conservation and delighted to be given this chance to shepherd the Conservation Institute into the next century," said Whalen. "Given the demands of the field, there could not be a more critical time to uphold and advance the Institute's fine work in service to the conservation profession and the preservation of our collective heritage. My time in this field has consistently demonstrated that need always exceeds the resources available to save those things and places which reflect the values and aspirations of a culture or community. Still I am convinced of the potential for the Getty to contribute significantly to this effort and I look forward to working with such a talented group of dedicated colleagues."
Whalen is a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS); the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings; the National Trust for Historic Preservation; the Nonprofit Management Association; the Los Angeles Conservancy; and the Southern California Association for Philanthropy. He also served as an advisory committee member to the Foundation Center and Council on Foundations' joint study of international grant making, published in 1997.
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