Kevin W. Tucker has been appointed chief curator at the High Museum of Art. His first day will be June 1. Tucker will oversee the curatorial program, working across all departments, and will be responsible for the reinstallation of the permanent collection galleries in 2018. He will also be responsible for the interpretation, research and development of the permanent collection, as well as the museum’s exhibition schedule.
Last month, the High announced a major gift of works by self-taught artists from Souls Grown Deep Foundation, much of which will be displayed in the expanded galleries for folk and self-taught artists.
Tucker most recently served as the founding director of the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement currently under development in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he helped develop plans for a 137,000-square-foot facility for its collection of early 20th-century craft, photography, paintings and other works.
From 2003 to 2015, Tucker was senior curator of decorative arts and design at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), where he organized more than 20 exhibitions, including “Modern Opulence in Vienna: The Wittgenstein Vitrine” (2015), “Form/Unformed” (2013), “Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement” (2010), and “Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design” (2005). He oversaw an active development program for acquisitions and exhibitions, more than doubled his department’s acquisitions endowment. He also organized special interest groups and spearheaded projects to support museum collections.
Tucker previously served as curator of decorative arts and then chief curator and deputy director of the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina, and as the curator of decorative arts and Owens-Thomas House at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah. He earned his BA and MA in history from the University of South Carolina.
“As an institution, we are committed to … deepening our connection to the community through compelling and diverse exhibitions, installations and programming. Kevin’s proven accomplishments and extensive experience as a curator and museum professional, coupled with his track record of successful collaboration among colleagues and peer institutions, make him a wonderful fit for the leadership team as we focus on these goals,” said High director Rand Suffolk. “With his strong connections to the South, he also brings an important appreciation for and understanding of our region’s cultural heritage, which is essential to our work.”
Tucker replaces David Brenneman, the High’s former chief curator and director of collections and exhibitions.