Hunter Museum of American Art

Chattanooga, TN

(423) 267-0968

Left: original museum building containing historic collection, Right: extension wing housing contemporary collection and temporary exhibitions. Photos by John Hazeltine.


Robert A. Kret Named Director of The Hunter Museum of American Art


The Hunter Museum of American Art announces the appointment of Robert A. Kret as the museum's director. He succeeds Cleve K. Scarbrough, who retired from the museum in September, 2000 after 24 years as director. (left: photo of Robert A. Kret. Photo courtesy HMAA)

Mr. Kret, 39, is currently director of the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio. His previous positions include: Director, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Wausau, WI, Executive Director, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI, Director of Museums, Society for the Preservation of New Antiquities, Boston, MA.

Mr. Kret graduated with a BA in history from the University of Detroit. He received an MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York at Oneonta. He is an active participant, panelist and juror in professional activities including the American Association of Museums and various state and regional organizations. Mr. Kret and his wife Theodora have three children.

Hunter board chair Paul Neely said: "We are delighted to welcome Rob Kret and his family to Chattanooga. He has a proven record in leading museums, with great strength in broadening their audience and making them true community institutions. We believe he will lead the Hunter to a new level of excellence as a museum and as a point of pride for all of Chattanooga."

"I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to lead the Hunter," Mr. Kret said. "It is a great museum with an exemplary collection and an exciting future. My family and I are looking forward to making Chattanooga our home."

According the the Miami University Art Museum, The Hunter Museum of American Art attracts about 50,000 visitors a year, twice the attendance at Miami. Sources at Miami state "One of Kret's goals is to assist the Hunter in becoming even more integrated into the community by expanding programming as well as expanding collaborative ventures with a nearby aquarium, regional history museum and children's museum."

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This page was originally published 10/17/00 in Resource Library Magazine. Please see Resource Library's Overview section for more information. rev. 4/6/11

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