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Amon Carter Museum names new director

Posted 11:39am on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art announced Wednesday the appointment of a new director, Dr. Andrew J. Walker, currently assistant director for curatorial affairs and curator of American art at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Walker will be director-designate until the Carter's current director, Dr. Ron Tyler, retires on April 1.

Walker, 46, has a 21-year museum career that includes working at the Missouri History Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. In the early 1990s, he served as a research consultant for the Carter assisting with exhibition research on Thomas Eakins and William M. Harnett.

"As we anticipate our turning the corner into our 50th anniversary, it is indeed a blessing that Andrew Walker will assume the directorship of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art," Carter board president Ruth Carter Stevenson said in a written statement.

"What a tremendous time to join the Amon Carter Museum of American Art," said Walker. "It's a privilege and an honor to be selected as the leader at this pivotal point in the museum's history."

Walker graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He received his doctorate in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at the University of Chicago's Department of Art History and the University of Pennsylvania's Department of the History of Art. He has delivered many articles for publication in scholarly journals and lectured on American art.

Gaile Robinson is the Star-Telegram art and design critic, 817-390-7113

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