Following the retirement of Sylvia A. Herskowitz, who served in the post for 33 years, Dr. Jacob Wisse has been appointed director of the Yeshiva University Museum in New York City, whose permanent collection includes more than 9,000 objects spanning over 3,000 years of Jewish history.
A Montreal native, Wisse earned his B.A. from McGill University before going on to the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University for his M.A. and Ph.D, where he specialized in northern European art of the late Medieval and Renaissance eras. Wisse earned a curatorial studies certificate through the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was twice awarded its Theodore Rousseau Curatorial Fellowship. This past summer, he was awarded a NEH stipend to research “New York City Firehouses: The Legacy of Renaissance Ideals in a Modern Urban Context” as part of the We the People Project.
Dr. Wisse is a member of the College Art Association, the American Association of Museums, and the Historians of Netherlandish Art, for which he serves as field editor for fourteenth- and fifteenth-century books. A tenured associate professor, Wisse has been head of the art history program at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University since 2005, where he will continue to teach and guide the art history program. His book, City Painters in the Burgundian Netherlands, will be published by Brepols Press in 2009.