Peggy A. Loar brings 30 years of experience in museum planning and management, exhibition design, and educational programming to Voorsanger Architects. Skilled in the many facets of arts administration and museum architectural planning, she joined Voorsanger Architects from COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts in Napa California where for 9 years she served as Founding Director. She was subsequently designated President Emerita.
Prior to COPIA, Ms. Loar served as Founding Director and President of the acclaimed Wolfsonian Museum and Research Center in Miami, Florida, and Genoa, Italy. In addition to guiding the conceptual and programmatic design for the museum's renowned collection of American and European design and decorative arts, she led the team in the renovation and adaptive reuse of a late 19th Century "castello" in Italy and an early 20th century warehouse in Miami for the museum's holdings.
Previously, Ms. Loar spent nine years as Director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), leading a professional staff of 65 and responsible for over 100 exhibitions touring annually throughout the world. Her accomplishments resulted in her being awarded the Smithsonian Institution's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, previously presented to only eight individuals in the history of the Smithsonian. While at SITES, Ms. Loar served on the architecture and design team for the architectural complex housing the Museum of African Art and the Freer Gallery.
Loar also served as the first Deputy Director for Programs and Policy for the Institute of Museum Services (now IMLS) - a federal agency that provides operating support to American museums, and as Curator of Education and Assistant Director at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Her public service activities have included advisory roles relating to the arts and humanities for numerous organizations including the American Association of Museums. As President of the U.S. ICOM (International Council of Museums), she received recognition for her outstanding leadership and invaluable service to the museum profession, 1996-2002.
A native of Cincinnati, Loar holds a Bachelors with Honors and Masters in art history from the University of Cincinnati.