Michelle Rich.

Michelle Rich Joins Dallas Museum of Art as Assistant Curator of Arts of the Americas

The Dallas Museum of Art has hired Michelle Rich, who specializes in Maya art, ritual objects, and architecture, as its new assistant curator of the arts of the Americas. Rich comes to the DMA from the San Antonio Museum of Art, where she is currently completing a Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship, and will assume her responsibilities on September 17.

Michelle Rich brings to the DMA extensive archaeological field experience and expertise in researching, conserving, and exhibiting important historical objects from across the Americas,” said director Agustín Arteaga. “We look forward to welcoming her to the museum to work with the DMA’s significant collection of art of the Americas—bringing their stories to life for all of our visitors.”

Previously, Rich served as assistant director of the US–Guatemalan El Perú-Waka’ Regional Archaeological Project, whose team has been exploring the prominent ancient Maya site since 2003; as adjunct instructor at Santa Monica College and Sul Ross State University; and as cultural resource manager for the Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc. She is also currently organizing the Ninth Annual South Central Conference of Mesoamerica, which will take place at the University of Texas at San Antonio in October 2018.

Rich will be responsible for contributing to the organization of exhibitions, conducting scholarly research, and assisting with departmental acquisitions of art from the ancient through modern periods from native North America, Mesoamerica, lower Central America, and the Andean region. “In bringing my passion for the art of the Americas—and particularly the ancient Americas—to this museum and its significant collection, I hope to inspire a sense of cross-cultural appreciation and stewardship for indigenous art in our communities,” Rich said.