About John Vollmer
John E. Vollmer is an internationally recognized curator and scholar in the fields of Asian art, textiles and costumes, decorative arts and design. He has been responsible for developing a wide range of exhibitions including two major international exhibitions dealing with the luxury products of East-West trade. In addition, Vollmer has acted as project manager and exhibit planner for major international exhibitions for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Royal Ontario Museum, The Glenbow-Alberta Institute in Calgary, The Bata Shoe Museum, and National Museum of Singapore.
Educated at Columbia University (B.A.), Harvard and the University of Toronto (M.A.), John Vollmer has held curatorial appointments at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, and at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. He served as director at the Kent State University Museum, Kent, Ohio and was the founding executive director of the Design Exchange in Toronto. Since 1991 John Vollmer has worked as a consultant. In addition to specialized work with collections of textiles and decorative arts, Vollmer Cultural Consultants Inc. specializes in strategic planning and practical program development for not-for-profit, public and private sector clients in the fields of museum education and arts and culture in the United States, Canada and Asia.
He has held appointments at universities including the University of Toronto, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Dortmund University and Fen Jen Catholic University in Taipei. He has served as a consultant to Christie’s in New York, Hong Kong and Paris for over fifteen years and advises private collectors.
John Vollmer is author of forty museum exhibition catalogues. His numerous academic and popular articles have appeared in many international journals and publications including In the Presence of the Dragon Throne, Ruling from the Dragon Throne, Costume of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911, Dressed to Rule: 18th Century Court Attire in Mactaggart Art Collection (2007) and Emblems of Empire: Selection from the Mactaggart Art Collection (2009). He served as the East Asia volume editor for the ten-volume Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion in 2010.