Blanton Museum hires Whitney Museum curator

The Blanton Museum of Art just announced that Carter E. Foster, curator of drawing at the Whitney Museum of American Art, will be joining the Blanton’s staff in September as the UT museum’s deputy director for curatorial affairs and curator of prints and drawings. carterfoster

As deputy director, Foster will oversee all the museum’s curators and curatorial efforts and be charged with “advancing the Blanton’s artistic mission and its strategic goals to increase the museum’s national impact and strengthen community engagement,” a museum news release said.

In addition Foster will also oversee the Blanton’s Center for Prints and Drawings.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Foster graduated with a degree in art history from the University of Georgia and earned his master’s degree from Brown University.

Before he joined the Whitney, Foster held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Foster was the Whitney’s first curator of drawing and curated dozens of exhibits. He was co-organizer of the widely-heralded America is Hard to See, the inaugural exhibition of the Whitney’s new downtown building in 2015.

In the wake of Foster’s hire, Blanton research associate Jeongho Park is promoted to assistant curator of prints and drawings and European paintings

Francesca Consagra, who was senior curator of prints and drawings and European paintings retired earlier this year but continues as curator emerita.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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