William J. Chiego, Ph.D.

William J. Chiego, Ph.D.

William J. Chiego, Ph.D.

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Show Date: February 6th, 2019

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William J. “Bill” Chiego, Ph.D.
Director (1991-2016)

William J. Chiego came to the McNay Art Museum nearly 25 years ago from Oberlin, Ohio, where he served as the director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College from 1986 to 1991.

Previously, he had held curatorial posts at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the Portland Art Museum in Oregon and the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio.

At the McNay, Dr. Chiego is credited with shrewdly building on the strengths of the museum’s original collections and developing new areas of strength, including art after 1945 and sculpture from the 19th century to the present. As well, he has emphasized documentation and conservation of the collections and has supported greatly expanded educational programming.

Dr. Chiego initiated and oversaw the major $7.1 million renovation of the museum’s landmark Spanish Colonial Revival facility in 2001 and has, with the museum’s board of trustees, spearheaded the $50.8 million capital campaign for and construction of the Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions, which opened in June 2008.

Dr. Chiego has organized scores of exhibitions and has produced numerous publications. Among the exhibitions he has organized at the McNay are Auguste Rodin: Selections from the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, O’Keeffe and Texas, retrospectives on San Antonio artists Reginald Rowe, Carl Rice Embrey, and César Martinez, and Tom Slick: International Art Collector. Among his McNay publications are Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Overviewand Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions, McNay Art Museum.

Dr. Chiego received a B.A. in history and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Virginia. He earned a Ph.D. in the history of art from Case Western Reserve University in a joint program with the Cleveland Museum of Art. Dr. Chiego has been a resident fellow at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, and a participant in the Museum Management Institute. He is active in the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and is a former board member of that organization. He is an emeritus board member of the Masters Leadership Program (MLP) in San Antonio. He has served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at both Oberlin College and at Trinity University in San Antonio.

Dr. Chiego has been a resident fellow at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, and a participant in the Museum Management Institute. He is active in the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and is a former board member of that organization. He is an emeritus board member of the Masters Leadership Program (MLP) in San Antonio. He has served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at both Oberlin College and at Trinity University in San Antonio.

Dr. Chiego is married to Elizabeth Lee Chiego, a realtor with Phyllis Browning Co. in San Antonio, a McNay Art Museum docent, and a board member of the MLP Alumni Association. She is the daughter of the late Sherman E. Lee, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and sister of Katharine Lee Reid, former director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Chiegos have two grown daughters and two grandsons.

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