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Matthew Callinan
Matthew Callinan

Haverford Welcomes New Staff

Matthew Callinan, the new Campus Exhibitions Coordinator doesn’t even have an office yet. But the New Jersey native does have big ideas and a track record of turning ideas into reality.

Coming to Haverford from the Montclair Art Museum, Callinan is in charge of handling loan agreements with artists, consulting on insurance matters, as well as promoting shows. He also installs and de-installs the actual shows while handling the shipping and receiving of art for exhibitions.

His first three exhibitions showcase Professor of Fine Arts William Williams photography; a collection of Thomas Nast cartoons; and another photography exhibition, this one of Underground Railroad stops.

More is on the way. “Right now, there’s a big push to tie the exhibitions to the curriculum here on campus,” Callinan explains, “In the last few years, the exhibits have been mostly local; I want to broaden the scope.”

Callinan will “break some new ground” in November, when the work of Felice Frankel of MIT, a digital scientific photographer, will be displayed digitally – on 48” plasma TVs. “No painting, sculpture, or drawing – it will all be on computers,” said Callinan, “Digital media is a whole new beast for museums and galleries.”

Callinan is ready for the year to begin and to start getting exhibitions under way. “I’m looking forward to working here, and I’m glad I’m working at Haverford.”

The Climbing Stone, by Peter Rockwell '58, is located outside Magill Library.

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