Peggy Loar is a museum professional with global experience in museum planning and program development, museum architecture and design, and museum leadership. She currently serves as President of International Museum Planning Consultants, a boutique advisory services firm. Prior to this role, she was the interim Vice President for Global Arts and Culture and Director of the Asia Society Museum in New York City (2014–2015) and the interim President and Director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C. where she facilitated the merger of the Corcoran with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University (2013–2014).
From 2008 to 2013 she served as the founding Director of the new National Museum of Qatar, in Doha, designed by Jean Nouvel, where she brought 30 years of experience in museum planning and management, exhibition design and educational programming to the Qatar Museums Authority.
Prior to this, she served as Director of the Museum Studio at Voorsanger Architects P.C. in New York City. 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 9 years where she developed the program to over 100 exhibitions for annual circulation nationally and internationally. She was awarded the Smithsonian Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, previously given to only eight individuals in the history of the Institution. 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. She is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Cincinnati, and an Arts Leadership Certificate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.