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Bonnie Louise Pitman-Gelles

Bonnie Louise Pitman-Gelles, museum administrator, educator. Recipient Leadership Tomorrow award United Way, Chamber of Commerce, 1985, Distinguished Service award Music & Art Foundation, Seattle, 1988; named to Centennial Honor Roll, American Association Museums, 2006.

Background

  • Pitman-Gelles, Bonnie Louise was born on April 24, 1946 in Stamford, Court. Daughter of Benjamin Pitman and Margaret (Hackett) Perry.

  • Education

    • AB, Pine Manor College, 1966. Bachelor cum laude, Sweet Briar College, 1968. Master of Arts, Tulane University, 1971.

    Career

    • Curator of education Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada, 1968-1971, New Orleans Museum Art, 1971-1975. Faculty New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 1975-1976. Consultant National Endowment for Arts, Washington, 1976-1980, panelist Arts in Education, 1978-1984.

      Consultant National Endowment of the Humanities, 1977-1979, panelist, 1978-1979. Market representative Parker Brothers, Inc., Salem, New York, 1980. Consultant Bklyn Educational Cultural Alliance, 1980-1981, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1980-1981.

      Associate director Seattle Art Museum, since 1981, acting director, 1986-1987. Member faculty museum management program University Colorado, Boulder, 1986. Deputy director University Art Museum University California, Berkeley, 1990—1995.

      Executive director Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, California, 1995—2000. Deputy director Dallas Museum of Art, 2000—2008, Eugene McDermott director, since 2008. Member national advisory committee Getty Center for Education in the Arts, since 1988.

      Consultant numerous museum.

    Works

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Panelist Office of Education, Washington, 1976-1977, National Museum Act, Washington, 1975-1977. Associate member board directors Children's Hospital, Seattle. Sausalito Chamber of Commerce.

    American Association Museum (councilor at large 1976-1979, 85-88, chairman education committee 1976-1980, vice president 1979-1980, 88-92), International Committee Museum (accreditation commissioner since 1985, executive committee 1977-1983), National History Trust, Western Museum Association (Director's Chair award 1992), Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Kappa Phi.

    Personality

    Interests

    Sailing.

    Connections

    • Married George Gelles, January 1, 1976 (divorced 1985). 1 child, David Alexander.
    • father: Benjamin Pitman Perry
    • mother: Margaret (Hackett) Perry
    • spouse: George Gelles
    • child: David Alexander Pitman-Gelles
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    Born April 24, 1946
    (age 70)
    Nationality
    • 1966
      Pine Manor College
    • 1968
      Sweet Briar College
    • 1971
      Tulane University
    • 1968 - 1971
      Curator of education Winnipeg Art Gallery
      Canada
    • 1971 - 1975
      Curator of education Winnipeg Art Gallery
    • 1975 - 1976
      faculty New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
    • 1976 - 1980
      consultant, National Endowment for Arts
      Washington, United States
    • 1977 - 1979
      consultant, National Endowment of the Humanities
    • 1978 - 1984
      consultant, National Endowment for Arts
    • 1978 - 1979
      consultant, National Endowment of the Humanities
    • 1980
      market representative Parker Brothers
      Salem, New Hampshire, United States
    • 1980 - 1981
      consultant, Bklyn Educational Cultural Alliance
    • 1980 - 1981
      consultant, Bklyn Educational Cultural Alliance
    • 1986
      member, faculty museum management program University Colorado
      Boulder, Colorado, United States
    • 1990 - 1995
      deputy director, University Art Museum University California
      Berkeley, California, United States
    • 1995
      executive, director Bay Area Discovery Museum
      Sausalito, California, United States
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