The Westmoreland Museum of American Art announced Tuesday the appointment of Jeremiah William McCarthy as Curator of American Art. McCarthy will take office on April 19.
He joins Westmoreland from a collaboration with the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, where he is the guest curator of the inaugural exhibition of the new David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center on campus.
“I am honored and thrilled to join the community of Westmoreland. 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. American is in a period of self-reflection, and I hope to help the museum become a powerful voice in this national conversation,” McCarthy commented.
Among other duties at Westmoreland, he will be responsible for generating original exhibits for a dynamic and rotating display of the permanent collection, identifying compelling exhibits to bring to the museum, and curating traveling exhibits that fulfill the mission and strategic objectives. of the museum.
“We are delighted to welcome Jeremiah to Westmoreland to take up this important position. His work will help shape the future of our organization and continue us on the path to expanding the canonical traditions of presenting and performing art. American,” said Anne Kraybill, director/CEO of Richard M. Scaife.
McCarthy will succeed chief curator Barbara L. Jones, who is retiring in early April after nearly 27 years at Westmoreland.
McCarthy is a consulting curator for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Pocantico Center. He is currently co-curating “Inspirational Encounters: Women Artists and the Legacies of Modern Art (2022-23)”, the inaugural exhibition of the new David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center on campus in Tarrytown, New York. Prior to working for The Fund, he was curator at the National Academy of Design and associate curator at the American Federation of Arts.
Among the major exhibitions he has curated or co-curated are “For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design (2019-22)”, which traveled to eight museums in five regions of the United States, and “Women Artists in Paris, 1850 –1900 (2017-18), with Laurence Madeline and Suzanne Ramljak), which received the “Best Painting Show of 2018” prize by The Boston Globe. He also edited and contributed to the two accompanying scholarly catalogs, published by Yale University Press.
Previously, he worked in the curatorial and education departments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and was an early teacher at The Frick Collection, New York. He earned a BA in Art History from Macaulay Honors College at CUNY and an MA in Art History from Hunter College. Alongside his work as a curator, he has taught extensively in museums and, more recently, as a visiting lecturer in art history at the City College of New York. He was also a mentor as supervisor of the Diversity in Arts Leadership program administered by Americans for the Arts.
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