Delaware art museum announces new chief curator

Delaware Art
Museum is pleased to announce that Dr. Margaretta Frederick has been appointed
as the institution’s Chief Curator, a position that has been vacant since 2002.
Dr. Frederick serves as the Curator of the Museum’s Samuel and Mary F. Bancroft
Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art. As part of her expanded position, she
will lead the curatorial vision for the Museum’s upcoming Centennial
celebration, which includes a major exhibition of the works of Howard Pyle.
Dr. Frederick’s new position is effective immediately.

Dr. Frederick
began her career at the Delaware Art Museum after college, returning to achieve
full curatorship in 1997 after completing her Doctorate in Art History at Bryn
Mawr College. She has lectured and published widely on nineteenth century
British Art and Art Patronage, her doctoral field of specialization. Dr.
Frederick was responsible for organizing Waking
Dreams
, the highly acclaimed two-year tour of the Delaware Art Museum’s
Pre-Raphaelite Collection, as well as the collection’s reinstallation in 2007.
She is currently engaged in the planning and implementation of Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered
(2011-13), a major retrospective exhibition that re-examines the work of this
famed “dean of American illustration” within the broader context of 19th
century American and European art history.

“Margaretta has
a keen mind, great depth of knowledge and acute dedication to the success of
the Museum,” said Executive Director Danielle Rice. “I am really looking
forward to her intellectual leadership and to working more closely with her on
a broad range of Museum projects.”

In addition to
her new responsibilities, Dr. Frederick will continue her role as curator of
the Bancroft Collection, the Museum’s prized collection of approximately 150
paintings, drawings, prints, and decorative arts. The Museum’s
Pre-Raphaelite holding is the largest such collection outside of Britain, and
it is supported by a significant archival collection.

“I am thrilled
to continue my work at the Delaware Art Museum in a new capacity,” Dr.
Frederick said. “I am looking forward to raising the profile of the
curatorial department both within the Museum and the community to connect the
public with our extremely knowledgeable curators.”

Dr. Frederick
currently serves as the President of the Historians of British Art (a society
that is affiliated with the College Art Association). She was awarded and
completed a fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art in February 2010.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of
Delaware in Newark and both her master’s and doctorate degrees from Bryn Mawr
College in Pennsylvania.

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