William Keyse Rudolph (CCL 2017) Named Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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William Keyse Rudolph (CCL 2017) has been named Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Rudolph joins the Nelson-Atkins from the San Antonio Museum of Art, where he served as the co-interim director and the Andrew W. Mellon Chief Curator and Marie and Hugh Halff Curator of American Art. Prior to his time at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Rudolph held curatorial positions at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Worchester Museum of Art, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Major exhibitions organized and co-organized by Rudolph include Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Ondedonk, American Impressionist (2008–2009), In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans (2011–2012), Thomas Sully: Painted Performance (2013–2014), Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Collection of Roberta and Richard Huber (2016–2017), and Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid (2018), and the upcoming British Luxury: The British Revolution in Decorative Arts, 1715–1840 (2021).

About the announcement, Rudolph commented, “For nearly a century, in almost the exact center of the United States, the Nelson-Atkins has shared masterpieces of global art with the world. It is one of the great encyclopedic American museums, with exceptional holdings in Native American, African, Asian, European, American, modern and contemporary art, including one of the world’s pre-eminent photography collections. There is truly something for everyone—and wonderfully it is free to all. As a native Kansan with deep roots and numerous family members in Western Kansas and Eastern Missouri, I am honored to return to the Midwest to work with the talented teams at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Together, we will continue to create and expand extraordinary, meaningful experiences with art for the city’s communities.”

Congratulations William! Read more about his appointment here.