Housed in a 19th-century stone mansion on six acres in Chestnut Hill, Woodmere Art Museum is dedicated to the art and artists of Philadelphia. The building and grounds, together with the core of the collection, are the gifts of Charles Knox Smith who purchased the estate in 1898 with the intent of transforming it into a showcase for his collection of art. The Woodmere opened its doors as a museum in 1940.
Dr. William Valerio serves as the director and CEO of Woodmere Art Museum. As a result of Dr. Valerio’s leadership, Woodmere has become an increasingly vital presence in the cultural life of the region with steady growth in attendance, membership, and community involvement. By organizing almost one hundred exhibitions and enlarging and digitizing the Museum’s collection, Dr. Valerio has elevated the visibility of Philadelphia’s artists.
Dr. Valerio attended Williams College, graduating Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1985. He earned his MA in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and his PhD in Art History at Yale University in 1996. After working for six years in museums in New York, he attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, earning his MBA in 2004 with a focus on strategic management and marketing. Dr. Valerio has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome.