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Jean Outland Chrysler Library

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Tuesday-Thursday

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
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About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this former home now presents a mix of art and artifacts. See what's on view

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
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While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

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Take a tour

We offer a number of tours on different topics. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

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Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

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Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
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Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
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Studio Assistantship Program

Further your career and join us in Norfolk.
Applications available Fall 2019

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
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Historic Houses

Located on Freemason St. —
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon to 5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Barry Arts Building at 4600 Monarch Way —
Tuesday-Thursday

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this former home now presents a mix of art and artifacts. See what's on view

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

Weddings & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

Take a tour

We offer a number of tours on different topics. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

Get Directions

Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Studio Assistantship Program

Further your career and join us in Norfolk.
Applications available Fall 2019

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
Learn about planned giving

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February 14, 2018

Chrysler Museum of Art Announces Carolyn Swan Needell as Barry Curator of Glass

NORFOLK, Va. (Feb. 14, 2018) — The Chrysler Museum of Art is pleased to welcome Carolyn Swan Needell, Ph.D., as the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass. Swan Needell is an expert in ancient and modern glass and also holds valuable glassblowing and casting experience that pairs well with the Chrysler Museum’s Perry Glass Studio.

“Carolyn brings remarkable breadth to the Chrysler. Her international perspective will enhance our wonderful curatorial team. Her deep knowledge of ancient, Islamic and modern glass will allow the Museum to continue to connect with audiences in innovative and insightful ways,” said Chrysler Museum Director Erik Neil.

Swan Needell notes that her practical experience with glassblowing and casting has given her valuable understanding of the possibilities of glass.  As she reflects on her own studio experience, she looks forward to working with the Perry Glass Studio and values the demonstrations and classes that the Glass Studio provides. She is especially impressed by the Chrysler’s amazing holdings of modern glass, including the recent acquisitions of works by Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. “I am passionate about all aspects of glass — from its materiality to its artistry and from ancient objects to contemporary works of art. The opportunity to work in an environment with a comprehensive and significant collection of glass as well as a user-based studio will be an absolute delight,” said Swan Needell.

Swan Needell has specialized in the study of glass for nearly 15 years. She holds a doctorate from Brown University, master’s degrees from the University of Leicester and University College London and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. “I am delighted that Dr. Swan Needell is joining the Chrysler team as Barry Curator of Glass.  Her expertise and skills will be tremendous assets to the Museum and community. I look forward to her extraordinary work with the Chrysler’s collection as well as her plans to bring exciting exhibitions of glass to the Chrysler community,” said Lloyd DeWitt, Ph.D., Chief Curator of the Chrysler Museum.

Swan Needell recently completed a fellowship at University College London, Qatar on glass in the medieval Middle East, which was also the topic of her dissertation at Brown University. She has worked in museums at the Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University and Dartmouth College, where some of her focus was on modern and contemporary art.  She has presented lectures at conferences held nationally and abroad, including Warsaw, Abu Dhabi and London. With more than a decade of teaching experience in ancient and modern art, Swan Needell has held positions at Brown University, Colby College and the University of Maine at Orono.  “I look forward to using my knowledge of glass — combined with my experience as an educator, art historian and archaeologist —to bring objects to life in a meaningful, creative way that engages with the public and supports their exploration of the fascinating nature and history of glass,” said Swan Needell.

One of Swan Needell’s central curatorial visions is to engage audiences of all interests and abilities. She is excited to combine her scholarly experience and practical expertise to further the Chrysler’s mission to enrich and transform people’s lives through art at both the Museum and Perry Glass Studio. Swan Needell will join the Chrysler Museum team in April.

 

ABOUT THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART

 The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums, with a nationally recognized collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. The core of the Chrysler’s collection comes from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., an avid art collector who donated thousands of objects from his private collection to the Museum. The Museum, expanded in 2014 to add additional gallery spaces and amenities for visitors, now has growing collections in many areas and mounts an ambitious schedule of visiting exhibitions and educational programs each season. The Chrysler has also been recognized nationally for its unique commitment to hospitality with its innovative gallery host program.

The Perry Glass Studio is a state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. The studio offers programming for aspiring and master artists alike in a variety of processes including glassblowing, fusing, flameworking, coldworking and neon. The studio has also cultivated a reputation for its cutting-edge performance evenings, and was the host venue of the 2017 Glass Arts Society Conference.

In addition, the Chrysler Museum of Art administers two historic houses in downtown Norfolk: the Moses Myers House and the Willoughby-Baylor House, as well as the Jean Outland Chrysler Library on the campus of Old Dominion University. General admission is free at all venues. For more information on the Chrysler Museum of Art, visit chrysler.org.

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