The Chrysler Museum of Art’s director, Erik Neil, announced today that Lloyd DeWitt has been appointed chief curator and curator of European art. DeWitt plans to begin his new position at the Norfolk, Virginia-based museum in the spring. It will see him leading a group of seven curators, conservators, fellows, researchers, and support staff, with additional hires to come.Neil said in a statement,
“Lloyd DeWitt brings a rare combination of scholarly rigor, artistic acumen, and proven experience in organizing important exhibitions. He will add a strong curatorial voice to our leadership team as we chart our course for the future. By selecting Lloyd we have made a statement that the Chrysler will be an active participant in the national and international museum field.”
Since 2011, DeWitt has worked as a curator of European art at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art before that, where he organized the record-breaking international show “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus.”DeWitt holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park, for which he specialized in Northern Baroque and Northern Renaissance art. He has published many scholarly articles on Holland’s Golden Age, especially on Rembrandt and Jan Lievens, as well as early Netherlandish painting, Italian masters, 19th- and 20th-century painters, and Canadian artists. Additionally, DeWitt currently serves on the board of the Historians of Netherlandish Art.