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Emily Lew Fry

Director of Interpretation Emily Fry in front of a large orange and yellow painting by Mark Rothko.

Emily Lew Fry is the executive director of interpretation at the Art Institute of Chicago. Inspired by a good narrative, multiple avenues of inquiry, and new ideas, she is passionate about creating inclusive in-gallery and online experiences. Emily has led the Art Institute’s Interpretation department for 6 years, working with colleagues across the museum to facilitate lasting, meaningful connections between visitors and works of art.

In addition to her work at the museum, Emily has facilitated numerous interpretive writing workshops and has taught interpretation theory and practice to students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and for University of College London, Qatar. Before joining the Art Institute, she worked at the Peabody Essex Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Emily holds an MA in art history and graduate certificates in museum education and free-choice learning.

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