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Maxwell  Anderson

Eugene McDermott Director, Dallas Museum of Art

Co-Chairman, Global Cultural Districts Network

Maxwell L. Anderson became The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art in January 2012. Since arriving at the Dallas Museum of Art, he has initiated three capital projects including a program and associated laboratory in paintings conservation, created an Institute for Islamic Culture, raised over $22 million of endowment, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Republic of Turkey and is preparing MOUs with other nations as part of an art-for-expertise exchange program named DMX, and founded a Laboratory for Museum Innovation with seed capital to develop collaborative pilot projects in the areas of collections access, visitor engagement, and digital publishing. In the fall of 2012 he announced the DMA’s return to a policy of free general admission as well as a novel program offering free membership in exchange for participation.

Anderson received an A.B. from Dartmouth College with highest distinction in art history (1977), and A.B. (1978) and PhD. (1981) degrees in art history from Harvard University, after which he worked as curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for six years. Since 1987 he has directed a total of five museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Anderson has served on the faculties of Princeton University and the University of Rome, and is the author of dozens of publications, including The Quality Instinct: Seeing Art Through a Museum Director’s Eye. Anderson serves as Chairman of the Dallas Arts District Foundation and Co-Chairman of the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN), which represents the interests of many of the top cultural districts in formation around the world, with their cumulative investment of some $250 billion.

He was decorated as a Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Knight Commander in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic) in 1990, and decorated with the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic) in 2010.