Hood Museum of Art

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH



Derrick Cartwright Is New Director of Hood Museum of Art


Derrick Cartwright, currently Director of the Musée d'Art Américain in Giverny, France, has been appointed the new director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College by Dartmouth Provost Susan Westerberg Prager. Cartwright will begin his new duties in January 2001. (left: Derrick Cartwright. Photo courtesy HMA)

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.

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 his work as the first director of Musée d'Art Américain in September 1998. During his tenure, he refined that 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.

Before working in France, Cartwright served as Director of Founders Gallery at the University of San Diego from 1993-1998, where he was a professor in the Fine Arts Department. He taught a variety of courses in art history at the University of San Diego as well as at the University of California at Berkeley, The University of Michigan, and The University of California at San Diego. This fall he is teaching a course at Columbia University's Paris Program at Reid Hall entitled "The Museum as Artifact."

Cartwright, 38, holds a bachelor of arts degree in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his master's degree in Art History from the University of California at Los Angeles and his doctoral degree from The University of Michigan, where he specialized in the art and architecture of North America, nineteenth-century French art, and the history of photography. Over the past decade he has published widely on these subjects in both academic journals and in museum catalogues.

Cartwright participates in a number of professional art associations, and has served on the Southern California Advisory Board of the Archives of American Art for the Smithsonian Institution.

"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. "We very much look forward to Derrick's leadership and vision for the Hood Museum of Art."

Cartwright said, "The Hood Museum of Art is truly a model institution and it will be a tremendous challenge to build upon the already remarkable strengths of this place. I have long admired the collections, the facility, and the broader intellectual resources at Dartmouth College, and I feel privileged to have been asked to assume this important role at this exciting time. The chance to work with the Hood's exceptional staff, as well as with Dartmouth's impressive students, faculty, administration and alumni plays an important role in my desire to come to Hanovcr, of course. As the Hood looks forward to a third decade of work in Charles Moore's landmark building, I am eager to imagine new directions and additional possibilities for the museum."

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