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Dayton Art Institute Names Jerry N. Smith Chief Curator

Ohio’s Dayton Art Institute has appointed Jerry N. Smith, the former chief curator and interim director at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, as the museum’s new chief curator. Smith will be responsible for the reinstallation and reinterpretation of the museum’s permanent collection galleries, planned as part of the institute’s centennial celebrations. He will take up the post on September 26.

“After an extensive national search, we are excited to welcome Dr. Jerry Smith to the museum and the Dayton community,” said director and CEO Michael R. Roediger. “Dr. Smith possesses an extensive curatorial, scholarly, and administrative background—skills that will be immediately utilized as the museum prepares for its centennial in 2019.”

Prior to joining the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg in 2015, Smith held various curatorial positions at the Phoenix Art Museum over the course of a decade, beginning as associate curator in 2005. In 2009, he was appointed curator of American and Western American art, and in 2014 he became the curator of American and European art to 1950 and art of the American West.