Richard J. Wood Art Curator Series: Sinead Vilbar - “From Jeptha Wade to Kelvin Smith: Collecting Japanese Art in Cleveland”

  • 07 Jun 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215


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From Jeptha Wade to Kelvin Smith: Collecting Japanese Art in Cleveland

A lecture by Sinead Vilbar, Curator of Japanese Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Thursday, June 7, 2018
6:30 PM
Cardinal Health Auditorium, Columbus Museum of Art

Part of the Richard J. Wood Art Curator Series, Funded by a grant to NAJAS from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission 

On Thursday, June 7,  JASCO will be partnering with the Columbus Museum of Art  to present a lecture by Sinead Vilbar, curator of Japanese art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The lecture is part of the Richard J. Wood Art Curator Series funded by a grant to the National Association of Japan-America Societies from the US-Japan Friendship Commission. 

Dr. Vilbar’s talk is entitled “From Jeptha Wade to Kelvin Smith: Collecting Japanese Art in Cleveland.” The Cleveland Museum of Art has been collecting important works of Japanese art since its opening in 1916. While there have been a number of notable donations of works, the collection strategy of the Museum has largely been one of curators and directors guiding the museum to make important acquisitions. Dr. Vilbar will explore this collection strategy, highlighting the impact of former director Sherman Lee (1918-2008) and patrons like Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin Smith.

Sinéad Vilbar is the Curator of Japanese Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and has been with the museum since 2014. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2012. Her current research focuses on the art of Buddhism and kami veneration, or Shinto.
Registration will begin at 6 PM, with the lecture starting at 6:30 in the Cardinal Health Auditorium. Following the lecture, there will be a reception in the LoAnn W. Crane Forum.

The event is free and open to the public. We ask that attendees register so we have a sense of expected numbers and will be aware of and able to offer options during the reception for food allergies or restrictions. 

Event Schedule

6:00-6:30 - Registration & Networking (LoAnn W. Crane Forum)
6:30-7:30 - Lecture (Cardinal Health Auditorium)
7:30-8:00 - Reception (LoAnn W. Crane Forum)


Parking is available in any of the lots surrounding the Museum. Parking is $5, with payment taken at the admissions desk inside the Museum. 

Please note that a section of East Gay Street is closed to all traffic, but you can enter the main Museum parking lot from N Ninth Street. 

For a map and more information, please visit the Museum website.

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