All posts by Paula Richter

Paula Richter

Paula Richter

Paula Richter is Curator for Exhibitions and Research. Her current work focuses primarily on the changing exhibition program at PEM. She has also worked extensively with the museum's fashion and textile collection and the American art and decorative art collection. Interests include American regional art, culture, and history; historic houses and landscapes; and bird-watching and day-hikes exploring New England's coastlines and open spaces.


Shoes coming out of the woodwork

Shortly after the opening of the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition, Salem resident Bill Larson contacted PEM with questions about an ancient child’s shoe and other objects he found in …


Atmospheric inspiration

Have you watched the sun rise recently?  Or relished the approach of dark storm clouds threatening rain? Or paused to witness fog slowly enveloping the coast in murky obscurity? Two …



As you walk through the museum galleries this week, you probably noticed the circular dots that have appeared on gallery walls, platforms and exhibition cases.  What exactly are these “thought …