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Whitney Van Dyke

Whitney Van Dyke

As PEM’s Director of Communications, Whitney Van Dyke conducts publicity campaigns for the museum’s busy roster of exhibitions and programming. Prior to PEM, she worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. When she’s not promoting the arts, Whitney loves exploring the North Shore on horseback. Follow @whitvd on Instagram.

© Celeste Boursier-Mougenot. Image appears courtesy of the Artist. Photograph by Walter Silver, Peabody Essex Museum.

Birds of a feather

Over the weekend we experienced tremendous crowds for the opening of our highly anticipated exhibition, from here to ear. More than 1,600 people were able to experience the sonic gallery-turned-aviary. …


11 years a stranger

In Salem, Halloween is not just a day. It’s a month-long celebration of the macabre, the dark and the spooky. Tourists — a quarter of a million of them — …

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Steampunk primer

Feel that crisp bite in the air? Hear that crunch of dry leaves underfoot? The season of wildly creative costuming is about to begin here in Salem, MA. To kick …

Iris Apfel installs her ensembles at PEM

The world according to Iris

Self-described “geriatric starlet” and “world’s oldest living teenager,” Iris Apfel has been on a non-stop media blitz since her Rare Bird of Fashion exhibition made its splash here in 2009. …

Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848-1894)       Boating on the Yerres

Bon Anniversaire M. Caillebotte!

Happy Birthday, Gustave Caillebotte! Born August 19, 1848, Caillebotte was a bit of a triple-threat: a leading Impressionist painter, a yachtsman as well as an accomplished gardener. Monsieur Caillebotte surely …


Six steps to a perfect Thursday

Perched above the iconic eagle of Salem’s historic Custom House, a camera recently captured — in 1,500+ images — the bustling scene of the city’s annual 4th of July celebration. …


Step away from the desk

That’s just what a handful of colleagues and I did recently in order to test drive PEM’s new Creative Expressions: Artists, Inspiration, Materials tour.  As graphic designers, publicists and editors …

Guests touring Faberge Revealed

Fabergé hatches at PEM

Over 300 guests, including the museum’s East India Marine Associates and Corporate Partners, recently attended the opening reception of PEM’s headlining summer exhibition, Fabergé Revealed.  The Archduke Geza von Habsburg …