Bowers Museum president Keller dies

The international traveler led the organization for more than 30 years.
Keller, photographed in early 2021. Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Bowers Museum announced the passing of its president and CEO, Peter C. Keller, this week. Keller led the museum in Santa Ana for more than 30 years, during which time exhibits from around the world made their U.S. debuts. He was just finishing the newest, “Guo Pei: Art of Couture,” which opens this weekend. 

“With his leadership and experience, we have brought amazing exhibits from all around the world to Orange County,” says Anne Shih, Bowers Museum chairwoman of the board of governors and a frequent travel partner with Keller. 

Keller in China in 2008. Photograph Courtesy of Bowers Museum

Read more about Keller and his around-the-world experiences in our profile of him from last year: Peter Keller Has Led Bowers Museum for 30 Years

Keller is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren. Donations can made to Bowers Museum at The funds will be used to continue his legacy and grow his favorite permanent collection exhibition “Spirits & Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands.”