Societies News

May 24, 2021

Nashville Society President Wesley Paine Retiring as Director of Nashville Parthenon

Next month, Nashville Society President Wesley Paine will retire from her role as Director of the Nashville Parthenon, a position she’s held for over forty years.

Katie Petrole, Director of Education at the Nashville Parthenon, shares more with us below.

“Wesley Paine, President of the Nashville Society, is retiring from her role as Director of the Nashville Parthenon in June 2021. In her 40+ years as head goddess, Wesley has led the museum through major restorations, construction projects, and even the installation of the 42′ statue of Athena by Nashville artist Alan LeQuire. Wesley’s institutional knowledge of the world’s only replica of the 5th century BCE Parthenon is unsurpassed, encompassing over 124 years of city, state, and Metro Parks history from details such as the exact river rock used in the Parthenon’s concrete to the locations of architectural fragments from the temporary Parthenon built for the Tennessee Centennial & International Exposition. Her passion for art and history, not to mention theater, has been shared with millions of museum visitors from around the world. Through the AIA, Wesley has welcomed renowned speakers at the feet of the Athena statue and shared the mission of the Parthenon with scholars worldwide. A virtual celebration in May 2021 was held by the Nashville Society with members of academic and theater communities sharing reflections of memorable museum experiences with Wesley, and an upcoming in-person celebration will honor the profound impact of Wesley’s career within the field of archaeology and museums.”

Wesley will remain President of the Nashville Society.

We raise a glass to Wesley for a profoundly impactful career!

Thank you to Katie for sharing the news with us.

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