After conducting a yearlong national search, the Wichita Art Museum has hired Wichita native Tera Hedrick as its new curator, reports Matt Riedl of the Wichita Eagle. Hedrick served as the museum’s interim curator for seven months after Lisa Volpe, its previous curator, accepted an associate curatorship of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Hedrick, who earned her doctorate in art history from Northwestern University, was first recruited to the museum as a research fellow in fall 2016 to work on an exhibition about Americana. Last spring, she was promoted to the interim role. “I’m an art historian because of this museum,” Hedrick said. “I learned to love art here, and that’s who I am. That’s my passion; that’s my life. To get the opportunity to come back and to participate in this place that’s been so foundational to my life was just extraordinary.”
Wichita Art Museum director Patricia McDonnell said that the museum received about fifteen applications for the job when they first began the campaign to find a new curator. “It’s always an amazing positive for an organization when you are able to find talent from within and promote,” McDonnell said.