Curator of Japanese Art
Sinéad Vilbar is the curator of Japanese art. In this role, she is responsible for the research and presentation of the museum’s world-renowned collection of Japanese art, as well as acquisitions to further enhance the museum’s collection. She oversees rotations in the museum’s Japanese permanent collection galleries and creates special exhibitions.
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. She also served as Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Princeton University Art Museum. She holds an MA and a PhD from Princeton University and a BA from Yale College. She also studied at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. A specialist in Japanese Buddhist painting and narrative art, her dissertation focused on the Life and Acts of Honen (Honen shonin gyojo ezu), a 14th century set of 48 scrolls illustrating the life of the founder of Japan’s Pure Land School of Buddhism belonging to the temple Chion’in in Kyoto.