The Cleveland Museum of Art has been without a director since the untimely death of Robert P. Bergman last May. This month it was announced that Katharine Lee Reid has been appointed to the position. "Reid is the perfect person to lead the museum into the 21st century," said Michael J. Horvitz, president of the board of trustees, when announcing Reid's appointment as the sixth director of the august institution. Reid has great credentials and a close personal connection with the museum. Her father was the near-legendary Sherman E. Lee, director from 1958 to 1983, who solidified and expanded the greatness of the collection, particularly the Asian collections. Reid grew up with the museum, and as a child it provided her first art learning experience. She graduated cum laude from Vassar College and received a masters from Harvard University. In 1963, with a Fulbright in hand, Reid was off to study at the Sorbonne and Institut d'Art et Archaeologie in Paris. From there Reid went on to the Toledo Museum for training in museum curatorship. According to Horvitz, "Reid is a thoroughly modern museum director who understands the changing role of museums in our society."
-- Richard Huntington