Director's Welcome

I am very excited to be here and to join all of you as a member of the DMA family.

It is an absolute privilege to have been chosen to serve as The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, and to begin working hand-in-hand with the DMA staff on creating the next stage in the Museum’s already bright history.

I am eager to meet you, our DMA Members and visitors, in the coming months and to learn what you enjoy about the Museum. Arriving at this great institution, distinguished for the commitment and expertise of everyone on the staff and the Board, sets a very high bar with enormous responsibility to advance the DMA over the great achievements of my predecessors from the last hundred years.

I deeply believe that art changes people’s lives for the better. This fall, the DMA will offer a diverse array of special exhibitions featuring works of art that span the globe. We begin in September with the first U.S. solo museum presentation of German artist Lucie Stahl. Her exhibition premieres during the 35th anniversary of the DMA’s celebrated Concentrations series featuring emerging artists. In October, the Museum will feature some of the Brooklyn Museum’s famous holdings of Egyptian art in Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt. And this December we will travel back to the Middle Ages in Europe to explore the impact of nature on society in a U.S. exclusive presentation of Art and Nature in the Middle Ages.

It is our responsibility to make accessible the best works of human creation to everyone: no matter their origin, race, beliefs, or sexual orientation. I look forward to becoming a part of this community and serving as the director of the City’s museum.

In closing, I would like to offer profound thanks to Walter Elcock for serving as the Museum’s Interim Director. Walter and his wife, Laura, have been tremendous supporters and advocates for the DMA for many years. Walter left retirement last September to help guide and lead the DMA. We all extend a very warm and sincere thank you to him for his time, leadership, and unwavering commitment to the Museum.

Many thanks,

Agustín Arteaga
The Eugene McDermott Director