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April 22nd, 1999
Barbara Berger Aronson Elected to Museum's Board of Trustees

Barbara Berger Aronson, a partner in the real estate management and development firm Berger & Co., active community volunteer and full-time mother, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 15, 1999. Raymond C. Perelman, Chairman of the Board, stated "Barbara Aronson is among the region's most energetic and effective supporters of the arts and other philanthropic endeavors. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I commend Mrs. Aronson for her thoughtful commitment, generosity and energy; we are delighted that she will bring these great personal qualities and her devotion to the arts to the Board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art."

A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Aronson is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in political science. Her early involvement with the Philadelphia Museum of Art began as chair of the Friends from 1985 through 1987. From 1990 through 1992, Mrs. Aronson and William M. Hollis served as co-chairs of the Museum's Associates, and together they spearheaded the initiative to fund and develop a new, full-color Handbook of the Collections, which was published by the Museum in 1995 in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Associates program.

Among Mrs. Aronson's community affiliations and activities are service on the board of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and chairmanship of the advisory board of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Barbara and her husband Theodore Aronson have three children and reside in Gladwyne.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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