Ian Berry named director of Tang Museum

Ian Berry photo by Rusty Russell

Ian Berry, associate director at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, has been named the museum’s third director.

On Dec. 1, Berry will succeed John Weber, who is leaving after eight years to be the founding director of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Berry joined Skidmore as the Tang’s founding curator in 2000 after serving as assistant curator at the Williams College Museum of Art. He is a 1995 UAlbany graduate in art history; and a 1998 graduate with a master’s in curatorial studies from Bard College.

Berry pioneered the current practice at the Tang of working alongside faculty on large-scale interdisciplinary projects and is a regular speaker on interdisciplinary and inventive curatorial practice and teaching in museums. His curatorial projects in collaboration with faculty and students include large-scale interdisciplinary exhibitions that combine such items as scientific equipment, Hudson River School landscapes, Rube Goldberg cartoons, and Shaker furniture with new art from around the world. He is currently at work on career-spanning survey exhibitions on artists Corita Kent and Nicholas Krushenick.

“I am honored to serve as Dayton Director of the Tang Museum,” Berry said. “It is a pleasure to be part of a great team that lives the museum’s mission in every part of our daily work. The Tang is a model for college and university museums, and I look forward to many great things in our future.”

Berry has chaired the Visual Arts Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts and has served on the artistic advisory committee for the PBS series Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, among many other advisory groups. He has served as juror, panelist, committee member, and advisor to many regional arts organizations. Berry also served as consulting director of the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College during 2006-12, and was the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay University in 2009-10. He has held leadership and committee positions in several professional organizations including the College Art Association and Association of Art Museum Curators and has served on several museum director search committees.


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