Dr. Danielle Rice

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Dr. Danielle Rice
Program Director, Museum Leadership
URBN Center, 134
Phone: 215.895.2888

Dr. Danielle Rice is currently Program Director of the newly formed Museum Leadership MS program at Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. With more than 25 years of experience in designing and implementing innovative new programs to communicate art to the public, Dr. Danielle Rice brings a wealth of qualifications as a distinguished advocate for arts education with enormous experience in all aspects of museum management. She has served as Executive Director of the Delaware Art Museum since June 2005, where she worked with its diverse range of members and partners to make the museum more visitor-friendly and community-minded. 

Before taking on the leadership of the Delaware Art Museum, Rice worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for 19 years, during which time she served as curator of education (1986-1997), senior curator of education (1997-2001) and associate director for programs. As associate director for programs, she oversaw the departments of special exhibitions, education, publications, the library and the archives. She has also headed the education departments of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn., and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. 

In addition to coordinating exhibitions, she has developed new interpretive strategies for permanent collections throughout her career, engineering large-scale celebrations, scholarly symposia, community outreach projects and technology installations in multiple museum settings. She has authored and produced interactive computer programs, kiosks and websites, random access audio tours and distance education through videoconferencing. 

Rice holds a doctorate in the history of art from Yale University (1979) and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College (1973). She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the American Association of Museums’ Museum Educators’ Award for Excellence (1988) and the Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s Museum Educator of the Year Award (1996), and has lectured and published broadly.