Tufts University announced today that Dina Deitsch has been appointed the new director and chief curator of the university’s art galleries. She will be responsible for overseeing the university’s art collections and for operations at both the Tufts University Art Gallery on the Medford/Somerville campus and the exhibition spaces on the Boston campus of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, developing the university’s relationship with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, through collaborative exhibitions planning and public programming.
“It is with great excitement that we welcome Dina to our community,” said Nancy Bauer, dean of the SMFA at Tufts. “Dina’s extensive curatorial, scholarly, and administrative experience in both museum and academic settings makes her an ideal choice to lead the Tufts and SMFA galleries and to oversee our new relationship with the Museum of Fine Arts.”
Deitsch joins Tufts from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, where she was the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Interim Director for this past academic year. She is a former faculty member of the SMFA at Tufts in the MFA program and at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Previously, Deitsch worked as curator of contemporary art at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and has held curatorial positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
“I am thrilled to join Tufts and the SMFA at this unprecedented moment. Merging the two galleries in Medford and Boston, each with their own extensive histories of powerful programming, presents an opportunity to rethink the ways in which the university gallery, as a form, can operate in and beyond the campus,” Deitsch said. “I look forward to working with faculty, students, and the administrations here and at the Museum of Fine Arts—as well as the Boston community at large—in deepening and strengthening the presence of art throughout the entirety of Tufts University campuses.”