Frank H. Goodyear III and Anne Collins Goodyear have been named co-directors of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The announcement was made, January 30, 2013 by Bowdoin College Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd.
Frank Goodyear currently serves as curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Anne Collins Goodyear serves as associate curator of prints and drawings at the National Portrait Gallery. She is also president of the College Art Association. The couple was married in June 2000.
“We are delighted that Frank and Anne Goodyear are joining us as the new co-directors of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art,” said Judd. “Both have enjoyed distinguished careers as curators at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian and their complementary expertise and unique talents align wonderfully with the strengths and ambition of what is one of the oldest and most prestigious collegiate art collections in the country. As we have gotten to know Anne and Frank, we have been impressed with their passion and creativity, their vision of the special role that a college art museum can play, their commitment to the role of the arts in a liberal arts education, and their focus on the fundamental importance and relevance of art in all aspects of our lives.”
At Bowdoin, the Goodyears will oversee the more than 20,000 items in the Museum’s collections as well as the staff, programs, strategic planning, and budget. They will be responsible for the Museum’s exhibition program and publications, its educational activities within and beyond the College, and the development of its collections. As co-directors, they will split some duties and share others, pioneering a new management model that provides significant strengths across both operational and curatorial areas. The Goodyears will begin their positions at Bowdoin in June 2013.
“We are thrilled by the opportunity this represents,” said Frank and Anne Goodyear. “The faculty, museum staff, and the administration of the college have all impressed us deeply with their commitment to excellence and to the continued development of the museum's collection and programming. We look forward to joining the Museum's community.”
Anne Collins Goodyear was named assistant curator at the National Portrait Gallery in 2001 and was promoted to associate curator in 2009. She is also a professorial lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at The George Washington University. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned her B.A. magna cum laude in the history of art and architecture and French civilization, and where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in art history at the University of Texas at Austin.
Frank Goodyear also earned his master’s degree and doctorate (both in American studies) at the University of Texas at Austin. A graduate of Princeton University, he was named curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in December 2012. He previously served as associate curator of photographs (2006-12) and as assistant curator of photographs (2001-06).
Both Frank and Anne Collins Goodyear have lectured and published widely in their areas of expertise. The have each curated or co-curated more than a dozen exhibitions, many of which have traveled to multiple venues, involved important loans from different museums and private collections, and included important scholarly publications. Their work at the National Portrait Gallery has resulted in the acquisition of hundreds of new works and included the stewardship of the Gallery’s collections.
Ms. Goodyear has published essays in the scholarly journals American Art and Leonardo and contributed chapters to several exhibition catalogues and edited volumes, including The Political Economy of Art: Creating the Modern Nation of Culture (2008), Cold War Modern: Art and Design in a Divided World (2008), and Photography Theory (2007). She is co-editor of Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture (2009) and she recently contributed an essay to the book The Network: Portrait Conversations (2012). Ms. Goodyear is also co-editor of two forthcoming works: Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology, Volume 9: Analyzing Art and Aesthetics (anticipated spring 2013) and AKA Marcel Duchamp: Meditations on the Identities of an Artist (anticipated summer 2013). She chairs the Smithsonian Networks Review Committee and serves as primary investigator for the Smithsonian Time Based and Digital Media Working Group.
Mr. Goodyear is the author of several books, including Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits of the American West, 1845-1924 (2009); Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer (2008); Red Cloud: Photographs of a Lakota Chief (2003); and the forthcoming A President in Yellowstone: The F. Jay Haynes Photographic Album of Chester Arthur’s 1883 Expedition (2013). He is co-editor of two additional forthcoming volumes, Lines in a Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration, Poems and Photographs (2013); and American Cool (2014). He is the co-chair of the Smithsonian Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and an associate professorial lecturer in the Department of American Studies at The George Washington University.
The collections of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art are among the most comprehensive of any college museum in the United States. Collecting commenced 200 years ago with a major gift from the College’s founder James Bowdoin and his family that included Gilbert Stuart’s magnificent portraits of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The Museum is housed in the landmark Walker Art Building, designed in 1894 by Charles Follen McKim. Located on the historic quadrangle of Bowdoin College, the building is graced by murals by John La Farge, Kenyon Cox, Elihu Vedder, and Abbott Thayer. A $20.8 million renovation and expansion in 2007 provided a stunning setting for objects as diverse as monumental Assyrian reliefs from Nimrud, Iraq, European old master paintings, and works by American modernists. The Museum is the centerpiece of Bowdoin’s vibrant arts and culture community and offers a wealth of academic and educational programs. The Museum is also a prominent summer venue for major exhibitions such as Edward Hopper’s Maine (2011) and William Wegman: Hello Nature (2012). Both shows garnered national and international attention and were favorites with many thousands of visitors.
In the spring of 2013, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art will be the only additional venue for Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture, organized by the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. This exhibition will introduce American audiences to the Danish artist Per Kirkeby (b. 1938), one of Europe’s most celebrated contemporary painters and possibly the best colorist of his generation. Trained as an arctic geologist, Kirkeby’s paintings are often informed by the northern landscape. On view March 26 through July 14, this exhibition of approximately 45 works is Per Kirkeby’s first American retrospective.
This June, an exhibition will explore for the first time Maurice Prendergast’s lifelong fascination with the seaside and its transformation into a leisure setting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The first retrospective of Prendergast’s work in over two decades, Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea will be on view from June 29 through October 13, 2013 and will showcase a selection of more than 90 works in a variety of media, all of which were inspired by the popular, summer enjoyment of the seashore.
Fully accessible, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art is open to the public free of charge from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.