I am thrilled to announce that alumna Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley, 1989 will be the speaker for this year’s RPCS Commencement ceremony on June 12.
Alexandra is The Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She graduated from Hamilton College in 1993 with an A.B. (honors) in history and the history of art, and she received her master’s degree from the University of Delaware-Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in 1999.
Alexandra joined the American Art department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2001 and has orchestrated numerous acquisitions through gift and purchase. She curated the retrospective Colonial Philadelphia Porcelain: The Art of Bonnin & Morrisexhibition in 2008, as well as the groundbreaking exhibition Classical Splendor: Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House in 2016 with associate conservator Peggy Olley as co-curator. She is currently writing the first-ever catalogue of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s early American furniture collection, set to be published in 2020. Alexandra speaks at conferences and symposia and publishes her research in American Furniture, Ceramics in America, and The Magazine ANTIQUES, as well as several stand-alone books. She serves on the Curatorial Advisory Board of the United States Senate’s Commission on Art, is a trustee of The Andalusia Foundation, which oversees the Biddle family’s Delaware River estate, and is a member of the Board of Governors of The Decorative Arts Trust.
As I looked back over Alexandra’s many achievements, I also spent some time reflecting on her legacy at RPCS. On her yearbook page in the 1989 edition of Quid Nunc, Alexandra included the quote, “It is in giving and doing for somebody else on all that life’s splendor depends.”- Unknown. During her time at RPCS Alexandra was Athletic Association President and the recipient of the Faculty Prize and the Most Outstanding Contribution to Athletics award. As with all of our RPCS graduates, Alexandra is an exemplary example of a single truth about RPCS: our young women who launch in the world are prepared, capable, and multi-talented. Alexandra blends a deep love of learning and passion for the arts with a background at RPCS that reveals her love for athletics and her deep affection for her time at our School.
Alexandra lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her husband Roger and their two children, Caroline and Henry. Alexandra’s sister, Dolly Alevizatos von Hollen, graduated from RPCS in 1986, as well as her niece, Kayla Alevizatos, Class of 2011. Alexandra’s niece, Sarah Alevizatos, is a member of our 2018 graduating senior class.
I know our graduates, parents and guardians, extended family members, and faculty will be so pleased to hear from Alexandra on June 12.
We will welcome Alexandra and her family back with much joy and appreciation for her time with us.
Head of School