It took nine months of intensive research, but the Dallas Museum of Art has finally selected its new director. Agustín Arteaga is currently the director of art in his hometown of Mexico City, Mexico. He will officially take over his new position on September 1, 2016. When museum could not locate a qualified candidate within the country’s borders, they turned to an international search to save the day.
This is the first job for Arteaga in the USA. He decided to make the move due to the fact that he feels it’s both an honor and a challenge. He will be replacing the previous director Maxwell Anderson. Anderson was not good with internal and external relationships, something that the museum feels that Arteaga will excel at. Anderson’s tenure came to an abrupt end in September of 2015 after over three and a half years with the museum. It was a mutual agreement to end his contract sooner rather than later.
The museum has free admission, something that Anderson felt strongly about. It allows them to reach the diverse crowd that lives and visits the area. It also allows them to incorporate history into those who could not normally afford to take their family to such a place. Because Arteaga has a doctoral degree in art history, the museum is expecting big things. He has more to offer than Anderson, and due to his international culture, he has a different vision. The museum can grow bigger and better under his direction.
At the current time, Arteaga is a bit overwhelmed with the new chapter in his life. However, he did say that when it comes to one major goal he wishes to accomplish, he hopes to boost the number of visitors and to bring the museum to a more diversified crowd. He believes this is the viable path to the businesses success. Before serving as a director in Mexico City, he was the director for Museo de Arte de Ponce. No matter where he has worked, he has always had impressive statistics. It will be exciting to see where the journey takes the museum with him at the helm.