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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.,
Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ian Berry, associate director and
Susan Rabinowitz Malloy '45 Curator of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and
Art Gallery at
Skidmore College, has been named the museum's third director.
The appointment—effective December 1—was announced by
Beau Breslin, interim dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs.
John Weber, who is leaving the Tang 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 will occupy the endowed directorship established in 1997 by
Joan Layng Dayton '63 and
Robert Dayton. He will also hold the title of professor of liberal arts.
"Ian is a brilliant artistic visionary, one who not only understands the current wave of contemporary art, but in every way helps to shape that wave," said Breslin. "He also acutely understands the importance of the Tang's central mission as a teaching museum."
Weber called Berry's appointment "well earned and great news for
Skidmore and the world of academic museums."
Added Weber, "Ian's extraordinary curatorial vision and his commitment to the Tang's teaching mission have been central to the Tang's growth and national reputation. I could not be more pleased by the selection of Ian as the Tang's next Dayton Director."
"I am honored to serve as Dayton Director of the Tang Museum," Berry said. "The Tang is a model for college and university museums, and I look forward to many great things in our future."
Skidmore as the Tang's founding curator in 2000 after serving as assistant curator at the
Williams College Museum of Art. Graduating in 1995 from the University at Albany-SUNY with a B.A. in art history, he earned an M.A. in curatorial studies at
Bard College in 1998.
The author of more than a dozen books and catalogues, Berry has organized many memorable exhibitions at the Tang. These include diverse projects with artists including Terry Adkins,
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.,
Amy Sillman, Jessica Stockholder,
Fred Tomaselli, and
Berry pioneered the current practice at the Tang of working alongside faculty on large-scale interdisciplinary projects. He is currently at work on survey exhibitions of artists
Corita Kent and
For more information on the Tang Museum, visit
Bob Kimmerle, 518-580-5744,