The Amon Carter Museum of American Art announced the appointment of Andrew Eschelbacher as the Museum’s Director of Collections and Exhibitions. Eschelbacher, currently the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the American Federation of Arts (AFA), will assume his role beginning September 2022. As Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Carter, Eschelbacher will leverage his extensive experience managing internationally touring exhibitions, conducting curatorial research, and stewarding collections to further the Museum’s work of sharing the rich history of artistic creation in America. Eschelbacher will lead the Carter’s Curatorial, Conservation, Registration, Art Services, Exhibitions Management, Publications, and Archives departments, spearheading the Museum’s exhibitions program and overseeing acquisitions for the Museum’s permanent collection in collaboration with Executive Director Andrew J. Walker, the Carter’s leadership team, and the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

In his current role at AFA, Eschelbacher has led the development of a robust program of more than 30 internationally traveling exhibitions, including Whitfield Lovell: Passages; African Modernism in America; Art and Activism at Tougaloo College; Xican–a.o.x. Body; and Monuments and Myths: The America of Sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French. Before his work at AFA, Eschelbacher was a Chester Dale Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and prior to that served as an associate curator at the Portland Museum of Art (Maine) for four years, where he oversaw the museum’s collection of European art as well as American sculpture, co-managing the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park. During his tenure at Portland, he organized and managed more than a dozen exhibitions, including Americans Abroad, 1860–1915; Under Pressure: Art from the 1980s; and A New American Sculpture: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach, co-organized with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

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