Today the Bowdoin College Museum of Art welcomes co-directors Anne Goodyear and Frank Goodyear, who will be pioneering a new model of leadership as they jointly fulfill functions such as overseeing the Museum’s collections, staff, programs, publications, and budget.
The Goodyears come to Bowdoin from the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, where for 12 years Frank was curator of photographs and Anne was associate curator of prints and drawings. Their shared career move was written up in the Washington Post earlier this month.
“As we have gotten to know Anne and Frank, we have been impressed with their passion and creativity, their vision of the special role that a college art museum can play, their commitment to the role of the arts in a liberal arts education, and their focus on the fundamental importance and relevance of art in all aspects of our lives,” said Dean of Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd in a statement released upon the duo’s appointment. “Their complementary expertise and unique talents align wonderfully with the strengths and ambition of what is one of the oldest and most prestigious collegiate art collections in the country.”