Amon Carter Museum of American Art

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Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Fort Worth, TX


Brett Abbott appointed Director of Collections & Exhibitions

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Abbott as the Director of Collections & Exhibitions of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX. Museum Search & Reference conducted the national search.

Abbott, a specialist in American photography of the 20th and 21st centuries, comes to the Amon Carter from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta where he has served as Keough Family Curator of Photography and Head of Collections since 2011. He will join the staff at the Amon Carter in late October.

Abbott will provide leadership and vision for four pivotal Amon Carter departments, including Curatorial, Conservation, Exhibition Design and Preparations Services, and Registration.

 In his more than five years at the High, Abbott has grown the photography collection by 2,000 prints, stewarded more than 20 installations, and overseen the development of the museum’s collection acquisitions, care and access programs. His honors include the 2012 Ansel Adams Fellowship from the Center for Creative Photography for his research on Wynn Bullock, the 2010 Lucie Award for Curator of the Year for the landmark exhibition Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties and the 2007 Lucie Award for Curator of the Year for his work on Edward Weston.

Abbott served as associate curator at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for nine years in the department of photographs prior to joining the High. He is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders and also served as a curatorial intern at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Abbott earned his Master of Arts from Williams College and Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, both in Art History.