Olivier Meslay, the associate director of curatorial affairs at the Dallas Museum of Art, announced today that Nicole R. Myers has been named the Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of Painting and Sculpture, effective February 29. Myers will be working under Meslay, who also serves as senior curator of painting and sculpture and as the Barbara Thomas Lemmon curator of European art.
In a statement, Meslay said, “I have known Nicole for many years, and I have always been impressed by her impeccable scholarship, which is always mixed with her amazing enthusiasm. We are excited to welcome her to the Dallas Museum of Art and look forward to her future contributions.”
Myers will be joining the DMA from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, where she has held the position of associate curator of European painting and sculpture since 2011. In her new role, she will head the DMA’s modern European collection, which encompasses paintings and sculptures dated between 1800 and 1945. Her duties will include organizing special exhibitions, conducting research on the museum’s collection, tracing Nazi-era provenance of certain artworks, overseeing permanent gallery installations, and proposing new acquisitions.
At the Nelson-Atkins, Myers led the research, display, interpretation, acquisition, and publication of the European department’s paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, and curated shows of artists including Jean-Léon Gérôme, Auguste Rodin, and Claude Monet. She also served as the project director, author, and editor of the museum’s digital catalogue of French paintings dated between 1600 and 1900, which will be published online in 2018. Myers additionally contributed to the planning of an $11.7 million renovation of NAMA’s European and modern galleries.
Prior to joining NAMA, Myers worked as a curatorial researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. She also served as a consultant to the Denver Art Museum from 2008 to 2011. Myers earned both her master’s and doctorate degrees from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where she studied European art from 1700 to 1945 with an emphasis on 19th-century French painting.
In the same release, Myers said, “I am thrilled to be joining the Dallas Museum of Art and its dynamic staff. I cannot wait to work with its world-class collection and engage with the passionate community of supporters, collectors and art lovers in the Dallas–Fort Worth area.”