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Stephanie Snyder, a 1991 Reed graduate, will join Reed College as director and curator of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery on June 1.

"We are tremendously excited by her appointment," said dean of the faculty Peter Steinberger. "Under her leadership, the gallery will be a wonderful resource both for the academic program across the curriculum and for the larger arts community."

Snyder, in close collaboration with the art and art history faculty, will be working to research, design, and organize exhibitions for the gallery. A central focus will be the integration of the exhibitions with the broader educational mission of the college. "Personally and professionally, it is an honor for me to return to Reed and have the opportunity to so directly contribute to the intellectual and artistic life of the college," she said.

Snyder has considerable experience as a curator, first as a director of the Macy Gallery, Columbia University, and more recently as an independent curator. Recent exhibitions include Being and Belonging: Reflections on Jewish Space at the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, Performing Judaism at Reed's Cooley Gallery, and Film Show at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and Reed's Cooley Gallery.

She has served in other leadership positions such as a member of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery Advisory Board, and a coordinator and founding member of the Heritage School, the first arts-based public high school developed as a collaboration between the New York City Board of Education and Columbia University.

Snyder is an accomplished visual artist in her own right. Her work was shown in the Film Show and Performing Judaism exhibitions. Her numerous individual exhibitions include Hamakom (The Place) at the Jewish Museum of San Francisco/Magnes Museum in Berkeley, Anne at the Vortex Gallery in San Francisco, and Antediluvian Repercussions at the Brecht Forum in New York City.

Snyder holds a B.A. from Reed College and an Ed.M. from Columbia University Teachers College, both with honors. She has worked as an archeological illustrator and research assistant for the American School of Classical Studies in Athens as a Watson Fellow, and has studied ancient Greek language and literature at the University of California—Berkeley. Snyder said, "For me, Reed is the most challenging place that I have studied, and I'm sure that it will continue to be so. Curating exhibitions and developing programs involves constant learning. How lucky can a person be?"

Her appointment is the result of a two-year search process led by Steinberger, who was joined by four members of the faculty and the vice president of college relations. Snyder will replace Susan Fillin-Yeh, who was director and curator of the Cooley Gallery for 10 years. Silas Cook, acting director since Fillin-Yeh's retirement in October 2001, will continue to play a crucial role in the gallery.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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