WASHINGTON (Jan. 5, 2012)—Kathryn Keane has been named vice president of National Geographic Exhibitions. In this newly created role, Keane will oversee and direct all aspects of the National Geographic exhibitions program, including exhibition development, management of the National Geographic Museum and its visitor programs, and the development and implementation of original traveling exhibitions and exhibition partnerships.
“Exhibitions are a perfect platform for the dramatic images and compelling story telling that have defined National Geographic for almost 125 years and are a wonderful way to reach diverse audiences both around the world and right here in our own Washington, D.C., backyard,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s executive vice president for Mission Programs. “Our partnerships with museums and science centers over the years have been an important part of the educational mission of National Geographic. In her new role, Kathryn will continue to expand this effort.”
Keane has worked at the National Geographic Society since 2006 as director of the traveling exhibitions program and was responsible for overseeing the development of museum exhibitions that featured National Geographic photography and content. Among these projects are two exhibitions examining the celebrated and mysterious life of Egypt’s King Tutankhamen, which have traveled to 15 cities in the United States and internationally and been attended by more than 8 million people. Keane also oversaw the development of “Afghanistan, Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul,” a partnership between National Geographic and the National Gallery of Art, which traveled to five cities in the United States and Canada in 2008 and 2009.
Before coming to National Geographic, Keane served as deputy to Director David Levy at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1994 to 2006, overseeing the development of many important exhibitions and initiatives during a particularly dynamic time in the museum’s history.
National Geographic is one of the world’s leading organizers of traveling exhibitions. With a focus on natural and cultural history, archaeology, photography and ongoing Society-supported expeditions, these exhibitions offer visitors the chance to experience firsthand the compelling stories, stunning images and scientific research associated with National Geographic. Since 2005, National Geographic traveling exhibitions have been seen by more than 15 million people in over 100 venues around the world.
The National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., formerly known as Explorers Hall, was dedicated in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson and originally housed permanent displays. Today, the museum covers a wide array of subjects —cultural heritage, natural history, science, sustainability, archaeology, photography and more — through rotating temporary exhibitions. In 2009, the museum was the final venue on the U.S. tour of “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor,” which attracted more than 280,000 visitors. The museum is the only U.S. venue for “Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold from England’s Dark Ages,” open through March 4, 2012, and featuring the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever unearthed.
The director of the National Geographic Museum, Susan Norton, retired in December after more than 20 years of service.
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