Marshall Price has been appointed to the newly created position of curator of modern and contemporary art at the Nasher Museum.
Price comes to the museum from New York, where he has been curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Academy Museum for the past 11 years. At the Nasher Museum, Price will organize new exhibitions and programs and take a leading role with Duke faculty and students on special projects. He began his position as Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in March, 2014. Price’s appointment rounds out the curatorial team led by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art.
“Marshall brings tremendous experience to the Nasher Museum as an art historian and museum professional. He brought international attention to the National Academy Museum, infusing that venerable, 200-year-old institution with new art and programs,” said Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. “He perfectly complements the expertise of our curators with his background in American modernism as well as international contemporary art.”
Price made a name for himself in the art world through his leading role at the National Academy Museum. He was instrumental in organizing a regular schedule of contemporary exhibitions, acquiring several hundred works of art and updating the National Academicians with the annual induction of some of the world’s best known contemporary artists.
He also created the Windows on Fifth series, which enlivened the museum’s Fifth Avenue façade, engaging pedestrians through digital and animation work by Julian Opie, Adam Chapman and Jennifer Steinkamp. His Sculpture in the Rotunda series began in 2011 with a large work by John Chamberlain.
He has edited many catalogues and publications to accompany exhibitions, including The Sight of Silence: John Cage’s Complete Watercolors (2012) and Jeffrey Gibson: Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel (2013).
“I have watched the Nasher Museum grow over the last nine years to become one of the country’s premier mid-size museums,” Price said. “I am thrilled to be part of the museum’s next decade — building the permanent collection, organizing exhibitions that travel the world, publishing original catalogues and working with Duke’s outstanding faculty and students.”
Price earned his Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 2011, specializing in American modernism. He earned a master’s degree in art history from Pennsylvania State University. Before arriving in New York, he held an assistant curator position at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in California.
Trevor Schoonmaker has been named Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum. This fall, he won a 2013 Indies Arts Award from INDY Week for his exceptional contributions to the arts in the Triangle.
Schoonmaker joined the Nasher Museum in 2006 as the founding contemporary curator. He curated the nationally touring exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey (2013), which is traveling to the Brooklyn Museum, as well as The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl (2010), Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool (2008) and Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova and Robin Rhode, (2007). He is the editor of Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). His previous title at the museum was Patsy R. and Raymond D. Curator of Contemporary Art.
Schoonmaker is a member of the board of directors for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., in New York.
Juline Chevalier, curator of education, is the president for the North Carolina Art Education Association. She began her two-year term as president of the organization in January 2014. Chevalier is also the museum representative-elect for the Southeast Region of the National Art Education Association for 2013-2015.
The museum received an exciting $75,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to work with public elementary school teachers and their students in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years. The NEA grant allows the Nasher Museum’s education department and Durham public school teachers to create visual art and language arts lessons for kindergarten, first- and second-grade students using art from the museum’s collection. The lesson plans and activities meet the Common Core Curriculum Standards (adopted by 44 states) and 21st Century Skills (adopted by 15 states). The materials are available at wordsandpictures.nasher.duke.edu.
Kathleen Wright, special events coordinator at the Nasher Museum, was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Triangle Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events for her “exceptional skill, dedication and professionalism” to the industry. Kathy has been a member of NACE since 1997, and has served as Triangle Chapter president, chair of the Chapter Presidents’ Council and on the national board of directors as a Regional Vice President.