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Audrey Whitty

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Dr. Audrey Whitty is Director of the National Library of Ireland, appointed in 2023. 

She is the former Deputy Director and Head of Collections and Learning at the National Museum of Ireland, where she was responsible for all aspects of the care and interpretation of the 5 million objects in the collections across the four sites. 

From 2015-19, she was Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division (Decorative Arts, Design and History), National Museum of Ireland, holding responsibility for leading the curatorial department on the Collins Barracks site of the National Museum. During 2013 and 2014, she was the curator of European and Asian Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, New York where she was responsible for an extensive collection in what is widely regarded as the greatest glass museum in the world. From 2001 to 2013, Whitty was the curator of Ceramics, Glass and Asian collections, Art and Industrial Division, National Museum of Ireland. A graduate (B.A.: History and Archaeology) and postgraduate (M.A.: Archaeology) of University College Dublin, she also has a doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in History of Art.

Dr Audrey Whitty joined the Board of Directors of the IMA in September 2018 and served as IMA Chair from October 2020 - 2023.