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educator , museum administrator

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.


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


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


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.



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.


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Married George Gelles, January 1, 1976 (divorced 1985). 1 child, David Alexander.

Benjamin Pitman Perry

Margaret (Hackett) Perry

George Gelles

David Alexander Pitman-Gelles