Harley Spiller a.k.a. INSPECTOR COLLECTOR ™ is a professional museum educator who presents his international collections to inspire the lifelong love of learning. His award-winning collections of restaurant menus, flags, maps, spoons, and more have been exhibited around the world, from The Smithsonian Institution to El Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela. His work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker, and numerous television credits include appearances as host, guest, and announcer for The Learning Channel, The Maury Povich Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, MTV, VH1, and National Public Radio. Named by Art & Antiques magazine as one of the nation's "Top 100 Collectors," Harley has twice been cited by Art in America for curating "Exhibitions of the Year", and a permanent exhibition featuring his newsstand paperweight collection will open at The New York State Museum in 2012.
Inspector Collector's passion for collecting everyday objects was sparked when he handled George Washington's porridge spoon during a high school internship at The White House in Washington, D.C. He has taught in the SEQ ART KIDS program for over a decade and presented similar museum studies courses for over thirty years in public and private schools and universities across the globe. Harley has written an editorial about collecting for The New York Times and contributed to books like Street Art 365 (Abrams 2011) and Gastropolis: Food and New York City (Columbia University Press 2008). He holds a BA in English Literature from Northwestern University, an MA in Liberal Studies with Honors from The New School for Social Research, and The Guinness World Record for the world's largest collection of restaurant menus.
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