William Keyse Rudolph has been appointed The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art, it was announced today by John R. Lane, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. Dr. Rudolph will assume his duties Sept. 20.
Dr. Rudolph comes to Dallas from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he has been employed since 1995, most recently as a research coordinator in the Department of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. He also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, teaching about the colonial period, American 19th-century painting, and American modernism. He has specifically focused on Philadelphia portraiture and on Thomas Eakins.
“The Dallas Museum of Art is pleased to bring a curator of Dr. Rudolph’s proven ability to serve as Associate Curator of our important collection of American paintings and sculpture, “ Dr. Lane said. “His formal education and broad museum experience make him well suited to work with our collection, and his teaching skills will be invaluable in presenting public lectures and helping train the Museum’s excellent corps of volunteer docents.”
Dr. Rudolph has extensive knowledge of American art of the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly art of the American South. He is planning to publish his thesis on the 1830s Louisiana-based portraitist Jean Joseph Vaudechamp.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Dallas Museum of Art’s American collection, which includes masterworks like The Icebergs, strong holdings in portraiture, and fascinating examples of Texas’s unique contribution to modernism,” Dr. Rudolph said. “I have several exciting installations and exhibition projects in the works and I am looking forward to presenting them to the North Texas community.”
Dr. Rudolph recently completed his studies at the prestigious England-based Attingham Summer School for the Study of Country Houses and Collections. His research interests include colonial and federal portraiture and art of the American South.
Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture and The Barbara Thpmas Lemmon Curator of European Art, remarked: “William Rudolph comes to us with an admirable breadth of preparation and with deep knowledge in many areas. We look forward to his important impact on our department and in the community.”
Dr. Rudolph earned his Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with High Distinction with a Bachelor of Arts in English. During his undergraduate tenure, he spent a year at University College London. He earned a post-graduate diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.
Previously Dr. Rudolph worked as a curatorial intern at the Goldie Paley Gallery/Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia, Moore College of Art and Design, from 1995 to 1996. He was also a curatorial intern at University of Virginia’s Bayly Art Museum from 1994 to 1995.
The Dallas Museum of Art’s collection of American art includes paintings, sculptures, and works on paper spanning three centuries and encompassing the three countries of North America: the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The Museum also boasts the finest and most comprehensive collection of 20th-century Texas art, with particular strength in regional art of the 1920s–1940s.