Ms. Severance has served as Exhibitions Registrar at the Getty Museum since 2003. Prior to that, she held positions at U.S. Art Company, Fine Arts Express, and the Orange County Museum of Art.
“Betsy brings to her new position exceptional and wide-ranging experience as well as a sterling record as an efficient and meticulous manager,” said J. Paul Getty Museum Director Timothy Potts in making the announcement. “She has assembled an expert team and I feel confident that in assuming this new role she will ensure a smooth transition for her department and the Museum.”
Ms. Severance will replace Sally Hibbard, the Getty Museum’s Chief Registrar who is retiring at the end of June after nearly 40 years at the Museum.
The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.
The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum's mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research