Peter C. Marzio

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Peter C. Marzio "joined the board of directors of The Wallace Foundation in 2001.

"Marzio has served as the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston since 1982. During his 25-year tenure, attendance at the museum has increased from 300,000 to 2 million, membership has risen from 7,000 to more than 40,000, the operating budget has grown from $5 million to $50 million, the endowment from $25 million to $1.1 billion, and the permanent collection from 20,000 works of art to 57,000.

"Marzio is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and served as its president from 1988 to 1989. He has been appointed to many advisory boards and committees. From 1997 to 2000, Marzio served as chairman of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

"From 1978 to 1982, Marzio was director and chief executive officer of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He served as curator of prints and chairman of the department of cultural history at the Smithsonian Institution from 1969 to 1978.

"Marzio was born on Governor’s Island, New York City. He earned a B.A. from Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA) in 1965 and graduated from the University of Chicago with an M.A. and a Ph.D. in 1966 and 1969, respectively. He has been awarded numerous scholarships and academic prizes, including a senior Fulbright research fellowship to Rome from 1973 to 1974. He has written five books and numerous articles, and lectured throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia." [1]

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  1. Peter C. Marzio, Wallace Foundation, accessed August 20, 2008.