The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has announced the appointment of a new curator.
Jeremiah William McCarthy will take office as Curator of American Art on April 19, succeeding Chief Curator Barbara L. Jones. She is retiring after nearly 27 years at the Greensburg Museum.
“I look forward to deepening the museum’s commitment to activating its art in ways that broaden the definition of America for the 21st century,” McCarthy said. “The American art field is in a time of self-reflection, and I hope to help the museum become a powerful voice in this national conversation.”
McCarthy joins The Westmoreland from a collaboration with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Pocantico Center in Tarrytown, NY, where he is the guest curator of “Inspired Encounters: Women Artists and the Legacies of Modern Art,” the inaugural exhibition of the campus’ new David. Rockefeller Creative Arts Center.
He will be responsible for generating original exhibitions from the museum’s permanent collection, identifying interesting exhibitions to bring to the museum and organizing traveling exhibitions that meet the museum’s mission and strategic objectives.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jeremiah to Westmoreland to take on this important position. His work will help shape the future of our organization and allow us to expand the canonical traditions of presenting and interpreting American art,” said said Anne Kraybill, Director/CEO of The Westmoreland, Richard M. Scaife.
McCarthy previously served as curator at the National Academy of Design and associate curator at the American Federation of Arts, both in New York, where he curated and co-curated many major exhibitions.
He has worked in the curatorial and education departments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and was the first teacher at The Frick Collection, all in New York. As an art teacher, he was recently a visiting lecturer in art history at the City College of New York.
McCarthy received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York and a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College in New York.