WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the first art museum in the capital, is getting a new chief curator _ Jacquelyn Days Serwer, 54, now curator of at the National Museum of American Art.

Founded in 1859 near the White House, the gallery began with a collection of more than 900 American works that belonged to financier William Wilson Corcoran. He died in 1888. It has since branched out to include European work and a leading art school, recently renamed the Corcoran College of Art and Desigin with a separate campus in the Georgetown area of Washington.

Ms. Serwer's predecessor, Jack Cowart, has left to become director of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation In New York. She will take her new post in December.