Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University Appoints First Woman Director

Amanda Dotseth served as the director ad interim and curator of the museum since the passing in 2021 of its previous director, Mark A. Roglán.

Amanda W. Dotseth has been named the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the first woman to hold that post. She assumes the role March 1.

Dotseth served as the director ad interim and curator of the museum since the passing in 2021 of its previous director, Mark A. Roglán.

“As a scholar, collaborator, and arts leader, Amanda Dotseth brings a unique understanding of the important mission and role of the Meadows Museum,” SMU President R. Gerald Turner said in a statement. “In addition, her many years as curator, then interim director, has prepared her to position the museum for the future while understanding its legacy.”

Amanda W. Dotseth

Dotseth has published extensively on Spanish art, contributed to and curated more than 30 exhibitions, and oversaw the acquisition of major additions to the Meadows collection during her 19 years at the museum, SMU said.

“The Meadows Museum has been a part of my professional DNA for two decades; to now be at the helm of the institution as the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director during the next phase of the museum’s life is a great honor,” Dotseth said in a statement. “I look forward to building upon and expanding the museum’s existing strengths as we reach out to the next generation of scholars, students, and museumgoers.”

Dotseth was a key participant in the early development of the historic partnership between the Meadows Museum and Madrid’s Museo Nacional del Prado in 2009, in which the Prado loaned three major paintings and exchanged curatorial fellows between the institutions, SMU said.

Dotseth also played an integral role in the pioneering collaboration with Fundación ARCO in 2019 as well.

The university said that Dotsetch has expanded the reach and profile of the university and the museum by initiating and cultivating partnerships with international art institutions from the Rijksmuseum and National Gallery of Ireland to the Museo del Traje in Madrid and the Museo del Arte Abstracto Español (Fundación Juan March).

Her partnerships with academic and art institutions around the world, including the Spanish National Research Council, will be a tremendous asset for the museum as she continues its mission to advance the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts and culture of Spain in the United States, SMU said.

“After an extensive international search, I am thrilled that the best person to serve as the next director of the Meadows Museum is an extremely accomplished member of the SMU Meadows community,” Samuel S. Holland, Algur H. Meadows Dean for SMU Meadows School of the Arts, said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing the new directions in which Dr. Dotseth will take the Museum, through her collaborative and innovative leadership, and strong curatorial voice.”

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