Curator of Japanese and Korean Art
Sinéad Vilbar is the curator of Japanese and Korean art. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the care, presentation and interpretation of the museum’s world-renowned collection of Japanese and Korean art as well as acquisitions to further enhance the museum’s collection. She also oversees rotations in the museum’s Japanese and Korean permanent collection galleries.
Prior to working at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Sinéad was an assistant curator in the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she focused on the Japanese collection. During her time at the Metropolitan, she organized a number of favorably reviewed exhibitions, including Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art, 5,000 Years of Japanese Art: Treasures from the Harry Packard Collection and Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars. Prior to her appointment there in 2008, she served as Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, where she was responsible for building the collections of Japanese and Korean art. She holds a master’s degree and PhD from Princeton and a bachelor’s degree from Yale College. She also studied at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan.