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Hood Museum's new director announced

Posted 09/25/00

Derrick Cartwright, currently Director of the Musée d'Art Américain in Giverny, France, has been appointed Director of Dartmouth's Hood Museum of Art. Cartwright will assume his new duties in January 2001.

"I have long admired the Hood Museum's collections, the facility and the broader intellectual resources at Dartmouth College, and I feel privileged to have been asked to assume this important role," Cartwright said. "The Hood is truly a model institution, and it will be a tremendous challenge to build upon the already remarkable strengths of this place."

An art historian with strong interests in American painting, public art and photography, Cartwright has extensive experience in a variety of American and international museum settings. He began work as the first director of Musée d'Art Américain in September 1998. During his tenure, he refined the museum's mission and developed numerous public programs, mounting 10 exhibitions in two years' time, while increasing attendance and drawing critical attention to the institution.

Cartwright previously served as Director of Founders Gallery at the University of San Diego from 1993-98, where he was an art history professor. In addition, he has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan and Columbia University.

"Derrick has an impressive record of ambitious institutional collaborations. His strong belief that exhibitions and educational programs go hand-in-hand promises to make our campus life a richer experience," said Dartmouth Provost Susan Westerberg Prager, who announced the appointment. "We very much look forward to his leadership and vision for the Hood Museum of Art."

Cartwright holds bachelor's and master's degrees in art history from the University of California-Berkeley and the University of California-Los Angeles, as well as a doctorate from the University of Michigan, where he specialized in North American art and architecture, 19th-century French art and the history of photography.

Cartwright succeeds Timothy Rub, who joined the Cincinnati Art Museum in December 1999. Margaret Dyer Chamberlain, Associate Provost of Dartmouth, has served as Acting Director of the Hood Museum of Art since Rub's departure.

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