New Director Hired for Florida’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement

The yet-to-be-built Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, which is slated to get 110,000 square feet of space on a 3.5-acre site in St. Petersburg, has now also named its first director: Kevin Tucker, who’s currently senior curator of decorative art and design at the Dallas Museum of Art.

The museum, which will be constructed with an estimated budget of $70 million, is being founded by Rudy Ciccarello, a retired businessman who’s providing the museum with its collection, reports Lennie Bennett for the Tampa Bay Times.

At Dallas, Tucker organized shows like “Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement,” 2011. He formerly worked as chief curator and deputy director at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, and has served on the board of the American Alliance of Museums.

Said Ciccarello of his new hire: “His understanding of the Arts and Crafts Movement, the objects, and the artists who created them, is exemplary and is based on his twenty-five years of experience working in the decorative arts field.”