Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Recognizes Newark Museum Director Mary Sue Sweeney Price

November 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

Newark Museum Director Mary Sue Sweeney Price

Newark Museum Director Mary Sue Sweeney Price received the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museum’s (MAAM) highest honor, the coveted 2010 Katherine Coffey Award, for her distinguished achievement at its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 26, in a ceremony at the African American Museum of Philadelphia.

The award is named for Katherine Coffey (1900-1972), one of the past outstanding museum leaders and administrators in the nation and herself a former Director of the Newark Museum.  A 1922 graduate of Barnard College, Miss Coffey joined the Newark institution in 1923 and was named the museum’s fourth director in 1949.  She retired in 1968 after 43 years of service.

Price has served the Newark Museum since 1975 and was named its sixth Director in 1993.  During her 35-year tenure, she has distinguished herself and the museum in myriad responsibilities including exhibition and educational programming functions, strategic planning and coordinating an, award-winning facility renovation that contributed to re-establishing Newark as a key destination city along the cultural corridor from Washington to Boston.

Price is a Commissioner for Accreditation of the American Association of Museums (AAM), and former president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), representing the leading art museums in North America.  She also served as the first national president of ArtTable, the organization of women leaders in the visual arts and has served as a longtime trustee and previous vice president of  ArtPride New Jersey, as well as a trustee of the Newark Arts Council and a member of the lay advisory board of Newark’s St. Vincent Academy.

Born in 1951, Mary Sue grew up in Pittsburgh, the daughter of parents who instilled in her a love of art and global culture.  She graduated from Allegheny College where she majored in English and minored in art history and biology.  She is married to Dr. Clement Alexander Price, distinguished Board of Governors Professor at Rutgers University, Newark, Director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience, and a leading voice for the City.  The couple, residents of Newark, has been honored for their contributions and dedication to the City.

For information about the Newark Museum, visit newarkmuseum.org.

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