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Judith Dolkart Appointed Director of the Addison Gallery

The Addison Gallery is pleased to announce that Judith F. Dolkart, of The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, will become the next Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art. Judith currently serves as Deputy Director of Art and Archival Collections and Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes Foundation. She will begin her new role at the Addison in July.

“We are delighted to welcome Judith to Phillips Academy and the Addison community,” said Phillips Academy Head of School John Palfrey. “Judith is an accomplished curator and educator who believes deeply in visual literacy, cross-media learning, and the power of art to engage, persuade and provide transformative experiences. Her knowledge of art and art history combined with a commitment to making art accessible to audiences across all ages, experiences and backgrounds make her a superb choice for the Addison, a teaching museum committed to excellence in scholarship.”

An expert on the art and culture of 19th century France, Judith’s work has extended to artists as diverse as Andover alumnus Frank Stella (Phillips Academy Class of 1954, William Glackens, Ellsworth Kelly, and the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare. She joined the Barnes as chief curator in 2010 and was promoted to deputy director and chief curator in 2012.

“I am deeply honored by this appointment,” said Judith. “The Addison—with its important collections and exhibitions, talented staff and the wonderful Museum Learning Center—offers tremendous opportunities for creative curricular collaboration at Phillips Academy. I am excited to begin work with the Addison staff, Andover faculty and students. To have this vital and rich resource at the heart of a secondary school offers an incredible opportunity to think innovatively about what and how we learn.”

A published scholar, Judith has also shared her expertise as a college and university lecturer. She graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1989 and received an A.B. in fine arts in 1993 from Harvard-Radcliffe College, where, among her pursuits, she examined the work of Frank Stella for her thesis. In 1997, she earned an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. During her 2013 fellowship at the Center for Curatorial Leadership, Judith was mentored by the director of the Harvard Art Museums and had a week-long residency with the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the history of art at University of Pennsylvania.

The Addison looks forward to welcoming Judith this summer.

Read more about Judith Dolkart’s appointment.

Photograph by Susan Beard