Wilmerding, photograph by D. Applewhite
John Wilmerding is currently the Christopher Binyon
Sarofim Professor of American Art at Princeton University and
visiting curator in the department of American art at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art. He is trustee emeritus of the Shelburne Museum
in Vermont and a member of the boards of trustees of the Guggenheim
Museum in New York and the College of the Atlantic in Maine. He
serves on advisory boards or committees for Smithsonian Studies
in American Art, the Archives of American Art, Harvard University
Art Museums, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. He also
holds a presidential appointment to the Committee for the Preservation
of the White House.
Wilmerding is the author of many books and catalogues on American
art, including American Marine Painting
(1987); American Views (1991);
monographic studies of Robert Salmon, Fitz H. Lane, John F.
Peto, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Eakins; The
Artist's Mount Desert: American Painters on the Maine Coast (1994);
and Compass and Clock (1999).
His most recent book, Signs of the Artist:
Signatures and Self-Expression in American Painting (2003),
is a study of autobiographical embodiments of artists in their
works expressed through their signatures.