Maxwell L. Anderson Stepping Down as Director of Dallas Museum of Art To Join the New Cities Foundation in New York City

Maxwell L. Anderson Stepping Down as Director of Dallas Museum of Art To Join the New Cities Foundation in New York City

Dallas, TX—September 28, 2015—Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, today announced he has stepped down as director of the DMA to take on the position of Director of Grant Programs at the New Cities Foundation in New York City. Walter Elcock, President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, will serve as Interim Director and Board Vice President Catherine Rose will serve as Interim President. Anderson will continue to provide consulting services to the Museum during the transition.

“After nearly four years at the Dallas Museum of Art, I have decided to accept a compelling new opportunity at the New Cities Foundation, among the most innovative urban-focused enterprises in the world,” said Anderson. “It has been a great privilege to work alongside the Board and staff of the DMA, and to play a role in helping shape the Dallas Arts District Foundation as its chairman since 2013. My growing interest in how cultural districts can shape cities led me to this new, exciting opportunity in New York City.”

“Max is a visionary and an innovator, and we are proud of what the staff and Board have accomplished under his leadership,” said Melissa Fetter, Chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees. “From increasing and diversifying attendance—rising to over 700,000 annually—to devising and launching DMA Friends, our innovative loyalty program, to securing the fifteen-year loan of the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, to raising over $40 million for the Museum's endowment and special projects, Max leaves the DMA with an impressive legacy on which we will continue to build. He will be greatly missed.”

During his tenure, Anderson expanded the international visibility and impact of the DMA, while strengthening the Museum’s ties to the North Texas region. By instigating a return to free general admission and pioneering a free loyalty program that has since become a model for institutions for fostering participation and engagement with art, Anderson has renewed the DMA’s longstanding commitment to access. Anderson also oversaw the inauguration of the DMA’s conservation studio, and has built new partnerships with universities in North Texas. Anderson’s support for cultural exchanges with international collections has raised the Museum’s international profile, most recently with the opening of the critically acclaimed exhibition Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, which has introduced North American audiences to one of the world’s leading Islamic art collections for the first time.

John Rossant, Chairman of the New Cities Foundation, stated, “It is a pleasure to welcome Max to the New Cities Foundation.  His experience in working with the Dallas Arts District and his decades of leadership in the cultural sector will add incalculable value to our endeavors.”

Anderson assisted Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in hosting the 2014 New Cities Summit in Dallas, a program of the New Cities Foundation, and has participated in its other Summits in Paris, Sao Paolo, and Jakarta. In his new role, he will be devising strategies to advance the Foundation's focus on innovation and digital media.

The Museum is forming a search committee, led by members of the Board of Trustees, to begin the process of appointing the next Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art.

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 23,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more than two million visitors, and enrolled more than 100,000 people in DMA Friends, a free program available to anyone who wishes to join focused on active engagement with the Museum. For more information, visit

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

About the New Cities Foundation
The New Cities Foundation’s mission is to shape a better urban future for all by generating and scaling ideas and solutions through events, research and urban innovation projects. In all of its activities, the Foundation works with leaders from business, government, academia, civil society, the media and the arts. Each year, the New Cities Foundation organizes the New Cities Summit, the leading global event on the future of cities. An independent, nonprofit organization, the New Cities Foundation was created in 2010 and is financed by its members and partners. Overall, its members include some of the most forward-thinking companies, universities, cities and city organizations from around the world. The New Cities Foundation’s Founding Members are Cisco and Ericsson. The Foundation is based in Geneva and its head office is in Paris. For more information, visit