Heather Ecker will serve as the first curator of Islamic and medieval art at the Dallas Museum of Art. She begins in the newly created position July 30.
Ecker joins the museum following time as a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York. She previously served as the head of curatorial affairs at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, and, for six years, she led the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World Department and served as curator of Islamic Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
In a statement, Agustín Arteaga, the museum’s director, said, “This new curatorial position is a crucial step in fulfilling the DMA’s commitment to advancing scholarship and building engaging exhibitions and programs around the full spectrum of the museum’s incredible holdings.” Of Ecker, he said, “She offers a strong range of expertise and institutional experience, as well as a creative approach and sensitivity to the presentation of Islamic and medieval art.”