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Hina Hirayama

associate curator, painting and sculpture, Boston Athenaeum

Hinya Hirayam is an art historian and curator with a specialty in American art and Boston's cultural history of the nineteenth century. She received a B.A. from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in American and New England Studies from Boston University. She has worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Boston Athenum, where she has been a member of the Art Department since 1995. She has curated and organized a number of exhibitions and contributed to many publications including A Pleasing Novelty: Bunkio Matsuki and the Japan Craze in Victorian Salem (1993), Look Again: Essays on the Boston Athenum's Art Collections (2003), Acquired Tastes: 200 Years of Collecting for the Boston Athenum (2006), and The Boston Athenum: Bicentennial Essays (2009). [Source: http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/node/163]