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Kennedy to lead Hood

New Director begins in July

Brian P. Kennedy, formerly the Director of the  National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, has  been named the Director of the Hood Museum of  Art. He will succeed Derrick Cartwright, who served as director from 2001 until 2004. Kennedy  will begin on July 1.

Brian Kennedy
Brian P. Kennedy

Kennedy comes to Dartmouth with extensive  international experience in the museum world,  having served as Director of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra (NGA). The NGA's collection of more than 110,000 works includes  holdings in Western art and significant  collections of art of the Asian region and  Australian indigenous art.  Earlier, he was  Assisant Director at the National Gallery of  Ireland in his native Dublin.

"Brian Kennedy impressed all those he met here  with his intellectual vigor, the depth and  breadth of his knowledge and his enormous enthusiasm and energy," said Barry Scherr, the Mandel Family Professor of Russian and Provost of  the College. "He will bring solid experience and outstanding imagination to the Hood. We are all  looking forward to seeing the museum flourish  under his leadership."

The Hood Museum houses one of the oldest and  largest college collections in the country,  exhibiting an outstanding range of works of art  and artifacts and presenting a lively and diverse  schedule of educational programs. As the only  institution of its kind in the region, the Hood  serves as a vital cultural resource for Dartmouth  students, faculty and staff and many communities  of the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New  Hampshire and Vermont.

"I am honored and delighted to have been invited  to lead the Hood Museum into its third decade,"  said Kennedy. "It is a remarkable institution  which has had an outstanding record of ambitious efforts to realize its mandate as a great  teaching museum. I have been most impressed by  the professionalism of the Hood staff, the  breadth and quality of its collections, the  elegance of its building and the support that the  museum receives from Dartmouth students, faculty,  staff and alumni. I look forward to helping to  build on past achievements and to promoting the  importance of the visual arts in the daily lives  of everyone on the Dartmouth campus and  throughout the surrounding region."

 At the NGA, Kennedy expanded the traveling  exhibitions and loans program throughout  Australia, arranged for several major shows of  Australian art abroad, oversaw the acquisition of  many major new works and broadened the exhibition  program at the museum itself. In recent years the  museum has attracted several hundred thousand  visitors to its home gallery, while well over a  million people annually have viewed its traveling  exhibitions.

 Kennedy received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from University College, Dublin, where he  studied both art history and history. In addition  to his  experience as a lecturer and public  speaker at conferences and seminars. He has  written several books and edited a number of  others, has authored or co-authored numerous  exhibition catalogues, and has contributed  articles to various books and journals.


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Last Updated: 12/17/08