The Metropolitan Museum of Art is among the most prominent cultural institutions in New York (and the world, for that matter), and Thomas Campbell is at its helm.
Since becoming involved with the Met back in 1995, Mr. Campbell has embarked on a noble—and largely successful—course to expand and enrich the museum’s collection and to increase its attendance. As a member of the Met’s department of European sculture and decorative arts (he served as curator from 2003 to 2008), Mr. Campbell organized highly popular, award-winning exhibitions. A longtime expert on tapestries, Mr. Campbell has made them the focus of many of his exhibitions, helping to draw international attention to the world of textile art.
Since his appointment as museum director and CEO in September 2009, Mr. Campbell has only continued to bolster the already-beloved museum’s reputation. From July 2011 to June 2012, with Mr. Campbell in charge, the Met saw a record-breaking number of visitors: 6.28 million. It was the highest yearly attendance in the 40 years that the museum has been counting its visitors. With the museum’s current plans to renovate the Costume Institute and the Fifth Avenue Plaza, we’re guessing that attendance can only go up.
Mr. Campbell has published numerous art books and received awards and fellowships for his arts scholarship. With his genuine passion for the visual arts, as well as his clear commitment to the museum, we’re certain that Mr. Campbell will continue with his brilliant service to the Met for years to come.