Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

New Chief for Frick Reference Library

The Frick Collection announces the appointment of Dr. Stephen J. Bury to the post of Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian and the Frick Art Reference Library.  Dr Bury has been at the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom, as the Deputy Director and Head of European and American Collections, Maps, Music and Philatelic Collections for ten years.  During that time, he helped to steer the British collection into the 21st century by overseeing the introduction of new technologies and staff training.

Dr. Bury brings vast experience in areas that are of special interest to the Frick, namely digitization of resources, collection sharing and greater use of new technologies by staff. As both an art historian–who understands the needs of those who teach, research and curate–and a librarian in a rapidly changing field, he has proven himself to be a great strategist. He received his PhD in Art History at Birkbeck College, London.  He wrote his dissertation on art critic and social thinker John Ruskin.

He is interested in the practice of art making as well as its study and taught printmaking and book making in the 1980’s and 90’s at the Chelsea College of Art & Design, the Royal College of Art, Central Martins College of Art & Design and Chamberwell College of Arts.  He has also curated several exhibitions of artists’ books, written exhibition catalogs and contributed to numerous art publications.

The Frick Art Reference Libray was founded in 1920 by Helen Clay Frick to make available to a broad community of researchers material for the study of art in the Western tradition.