April 13, 2011

Driehaus Museum Appoints New Director

Richard H. Driehaus announced today the appointment of Lise Dubé-Scherr as Director of The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, effective April 25, 2011.

Dubé-Scherr joins the Driehaus Museum from The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Estate and Gardens in Lenox, Mass., where she served as Deputy Director. For more than 17 years, Dubé-Scherr has worked in Canadian and American art museums and historic sites, including The National Gallery of Art, Ottawa, Canada, and the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Penn., specializing in building community awareness, audience development, visitor experience, and education and public programs. She is currently a Peer Review Surveyor for the American Association of Museums and a consultant for Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site in Stockbridge, Mass. Dubé-Scherr holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Calgary and a master’s degree in art education from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

“Lise has an impressive professional track record of developing award-winning visitor programs and resources,” said Driehaus. “She is forward-thinking in her approach. She will be a tremendous asset to the museum as it broadens its visitor base and educational outreach efforts over the next decade. “

The Driehaus Museum, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, occupies the historic Samuel M. Nickerson House, one of the grandest residences of 19th-century Chicago. Philanthropist and preservationist Richard H. Driehaus founded the Museum in 2003, with a vision to influence today’s built environment by preserving and promoting architecture and design of the past. To realize his vision, Driehaus commissioned a five-year effort to preserve the Nickerson House. The Museum opened to the public in 2008 and has since established itself as one of Chicago’s most dynamic cultural sites, attracting an increasing number of visitors through a diverse array of lectures, events, tours and cultural programs.

“The museum is one of the truly original masterpieces of American architecture, interior design and the decorative arts. It is an important part of Chicago’s rich cultural heritage,” said Dubé-Scherr. “I look forward to engaging the community through new initiatives and programs at this world-class institution.”

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