CV for Scott Ruby
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A seasoned museum professional with many years of experience and a PhD.
Ph.D., Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, February 2008
Dissertation topic: The Kremlin Workshops of the Tsars and Foreign Craftsmen: c.1500 – 1711
Supervisor: Prof. Robin Cormack
M.A. Cooper-Hewitt Museum/Parsons School of Design May 1993, History of European and American Decorative Arts. Thesis: The Eighteenth-Century French Interior
B.A. (Honors) Westfield College, University of London, June 1981 History of Art (Renaissance to Baroque Art)
I am an experienced museum professional with a proven track record in exhibitions, research, publications, plus team management skills for getting exhibitions finished. I possess budgeting skills, grant application experience and donor cultivation abilities. I am conversant with current trends in museum labels and didactics. I am seasoned in the care, display, interpretation, and rotation of collections, educating the general public through lectures, in-gallery talks, and docent training. I have acquired significant experience with European and American decorative and fine arts.
Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Gardens, Washington, D.C.
Associate Curator of Russian and Eastern European Art October 2006 to October 2014
Oversight of the largest and most comprehensive collection of Russian art outside of Russia. Initiated exhibitions, pursued new acquisitions, lectured regularly in the US and abroad at institution such as Cambridge University and the Louvre in Paris. Contributed to scholarly and popular publications that promoted the collections of Hillwood.
• In charge of the selection of objects and their interpretation for areas of the Mansion devoted to Russian art.
• Organized special exhibitions.
• Conducted scholarly research on collection of Russian art. Published the collection in scholarly and popular formats. Updated electronic records for the Russian and Eastern European collections.
• Maintained contacts with colleagues, scholars and dealers.
• Recommended acquisitions of Russian art.
• Collaborated with members of the Interpretation Division in the creation of programs.
• Lectured to public, docents and volunteers.
• Served on the publications, curatorial research/ documentation, exhibitions, mansion rotations, acquisitions, inter-divisional planning, library acquisitions, interior preservation and reinstallation, collection conservation, and loan requests review committees.
• Curator-in-charge during the absence of Chief Curator and regularly supervised exhibition designers, mount-makers, lighting technicians, conservators, curatorial assistants, and interns.
• Worked on the museum’s strategic plan, annual budget, and updated the museum’s mission statement.
• Work on donor cultivation and grant writing.
• Curatorial representative for Hillwood trip to Russia, May 2007.
• Led Collectors Circle to Charleston, South Carolina, March 14-16, 2008.
Westminster Abbey Museum, London, Assistant Museum Supervisor (part-time), June 2006 – September 2006
• Assisted with Museum displays and interpretation.
• Cataloguing of the Abbey plate.
• Research on collection and label writing.
• Supervision of interns.
The Hermitage Rooms, Somerset House, London
Exhibition Assistant (part-time), February – March 2006
• Wrote labels for the exhibition The Road to Byzantium: Luxury Arts of Antiquity (March 30-September 3, 2006), which featured a selection of Classical and Byzantine objects from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg and other museums.
The Temple Gallery, London
Librarian/Archivist (part-time), October 2003 – July 2005
• Headed Temple Gallery’s library and archives.
• Developed labeling system and cross reference system for library holdings.
• Researched and wrote for gallery publications.
• Researched scholarly inquiries.
• Translated Slavonic and Russian inscriptions and texts.
The Jewish Museum, New York City, Assistant Curator/Henry J. Leir Research Fellow
May 2000 – August 2003
Headed contemporary Judaica initiative at the Jewish Museum, which sought to commission new examples of Judaic ceremonial objects from outstanding contemporary artists.
• Developed ideas for exhibitions and actively worked on exhibitions with other curatorial staff.
• Responsible for all phases of acquisition of contemporary Judaica for the Museum’s permanent collection including outreach to artists and galleries, research on artists and their work, and preparing and presenting potential acquisitions to board committee.
• Handled outgoing loans, research requests, and research on acquisitions of both contemporary and traditional ceremonial art.
• Oversaw rotations of historical textiles, silver, and ephemera for permanent exhibition galleries.
• Organized two colloquia addressing how the Museum’s ritual object collection could be made more accessible to the general public.
• Contributed essays and entries to scholarly Museum publications.
• Museum courier to Germany.
- Proficient in French, Proficient in German, Some Russian