The High Museum of Art announced today that Kevin W. Tucker, founding director of the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in Saint Petersburg, Florida, has been named chief curator. He will be responsible for directing the curatorial program and overseeing the installation, interpretation, research, and development of the museum’s collection. In addition, he will work with museum staff to reinstall the permanent collection galleries in 2018. Tucker will take up the post on June 1.
“As an institution, we are committed to growing and strengthening our collection and deepening our connection to the community through compelling and diverse exhibitions, installations and programming,” said director Rand Suffolk. “Kevin’s proven accomplishments and extensive experience as a curator and museum professional, coupled with his track record of successful collaboration among colleagues and peer institutions, make him a wonderful fit for the leadership team as we focus on these goals.”
Tucker has more than two decades of curatorial and museum leadership experience. As head of the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, he worked with the Two Red Roses Foundation and its architects and designers to develop plans for a 137,000-square-foot facility dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the foundation’s collection of early twentieth-century works. From 2003 to 2015, he served as senior curator of decorative arts and design at the Dallas Museum of Art. Prior to joining the DMA, Tucker was chief curator and deputy director of the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina. Tucker earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history from the University of South Carolina and was the recipient of a 2007 Winterthur Research Fellowship for his work on “Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement” (2011).
“I am honored and excited to have this opportunity, as I have long admired the achievements and reputation of the High Museum of Art and the vitality of the city of Atlanta,” said Tucker. “As a professional equally committed to community engagement and scholarly distinction, I look forward to working with Rand Suffolk and the museum’s exceptionally talented staff to lead new collaborative efforts to further both the reach and excellence of the High’s collections, exhibitions, and other curatorial endeavors.”