About Peggy Loar

Peggy Loar, Interim Director and President of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, previously served as the founding Director of the new National Museum of Qatar, in Doha, designed by Jean Nouvel. She is the founding President and Director of two American institutions, The Wolfsonian Museum and Research Center in Miami, Florida, and Genoa, Italy; and COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa, California, where she was later named President Emerita. Prior to these positions, Ms. Loar was Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) for nine years where she developed the program to over 100 exhibitions for annual circulation nationally and internationally.

Ms. Loar also served as the first Program Director of the Institute of Museum Services (now IMLS)—the Federal funding agency for American museums, and as Curator of Education and Assistant Director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. For eight years she served as President of US ICOM (International Committee of Museums) headquartered with UNESCO in Paris, where she received recognition for her outstanding leadership and invaluable service to the international museum profession. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Cincinnati and an Arts Leadership Certificate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.