Jessica Ruhle has been named “North Carolina Art Museum Educator of the Year” (2014-15) by the N.C. Art Education Association. This annual award recognizes museum educators who creatively engage all museum visitors, including students and teachers. Jessica was honored for her partnership with the East Durham Children’s Initiative and students at YE Smith Elementary School.
As part of the award, Jessica was also recognized for establishing Reflections: The Nasher Museum’s Alzheimer’s Project. This new initiative provides engaging and interactive museum tours to visitors who live with memory loss–and also their families and care partners. Reflections is already receiving international attention. This year, Jessica was invited to present in Belfast at IdeasLab 2015 on the topic “Dementia, Arts and Culture.” She will also represent the Nasher Museum at the Creative Aging Symposium in Greensboro and at “The Creative Age: Creativity and Aging in America” in Washington, DC.
Jessica has been at the Nasher Museum since 2010. In the Education department, she has been responsible for K-12 tours, teacher workshops and Family Day events. She now leads the Reflections program and directs the gallery guide program.
Prospect New Orleans has appointed Trevor Schoonmaker as the artistic director of its fourth edition, scheduled to open in 2017. Trevor will continue in his role as Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum. Prospect 4 is slated to open in New Orleans in the fall of 2017. Since joining the Nasher Museum in 2006 as its first curator of contemporary art, Trevor has been instrumental in developing the museum’s collection of contemporary art.
Past exhibitions curated by Trevor at the museum include Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova & Robin Rhode (2007); the 2008 retrospective Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool; Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids (2009); The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl (2010); Building the Contemporary Collection: Five Years of Acquisitions (2011); Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection (2014); and the 2013 exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey. He is currently working on an in-depth exploration of the complex identity of the American South and the region’s profound influence on American culture. Trevor is a member of the board of directors for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., in New York.
Last fall, Trevor won a 2013 Indies Arts Award from INDY Week for his exceptional contributions to the arts in the Triangle.
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.
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.