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News Flash: Curator Kevin Murphy Leaves Crystal Bridges for Williams College Museum UPDATED

L to R: David Houston, Matt Dawson and Kevin Murphy, Crystal Bridges senior curatorial staffers at the time of its 2011 opening Photo by Lee Rosenbaum

L to R: David Houston, Matt Dawson and Kevin Murphy, three of Crystal Bridges Museum’s four senior curatorial staffers at the time of its 2011 opening
Photo by Lee Rosenbaum

And then there were none.

The alarming exodus of top curatorial officials from Alice Walton‘s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art continues. In the short time since its November 2011 opening, it has lost founding curator Chris Crosman, curatorial director David Houston and deputy director Matt Dawson.

Now word has reached me that Crystal Bridges’ curator of American art, Kevin Murphy (featured in this CultureGrrl Video), is leaving Bentonville, AR, for a curatorial position at the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA.

That information was just confirmed to me by Kim Hugo, the Willliams museum’s public relations coordinator.

I’ll update here when I get more information about Kevin’s start date and his title at his new gig.

UPDATE: Christina Olsen, director of the Williams College Museum, informs me that Murphy will start on Sept. 3 as curator for American art, and will oversee “reimagining the American art collection, building and exhibiting it, and exciting public and scholarly interest in it.” Williams’ press release about the appointment is now posted, here.

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