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Gordon Wilkins Appointed Associate Curator

 Photo: John Kennard


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Gordon Wilkins as our new Robert M. Walker Associate Curator of American Art. He will assume his post ​​on October 29, 2018. Wilkins joins the Addison from the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, where he served as Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research. In this role at the Peabody Essex Museum, Wilkins helped organize complex temporary and permanent exhibition and publication projects, including, most recently, Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings (co-organized with the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.), Japanomania!: Japanese Art Goes West, Samuel F. B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention, and the upcoming A Lasting Memento: John Thomson’s Photographs Along the River Min. Wilkins has also served as an adjunct professor of American art at the University of New Hampshire.

Wilkins will work collaboratively alongside Judith F. Dolkart, The Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director, and the curatorial department led by Allison Kemmerer, Mead Curator of Photography and Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, to conceive and develop exhibitions and public programming that expand on the museum’s mission to catalyze new dialogues on American art and life. 

“Gordon’s wide-ranging curiosity, his commitment to interdisciplinary explorations, and his adventurous ideas for thought-provoking exhibitions make him a perfect fit for the Addison,” said Dolkart. “We are now presenting a series of exhibitions and programs that explore the essential question: What is America? We are excited that Gordon will bring his creativity, perspectives, and insights to this and future programming.” 

“The Addison combines one of the world’s greatest collections of American art with truly innovative education initiatives and collaborations,” said Wilkins. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the staff at the Addison and the faculty and students at Phillips Academy. It is an inspiring prospect to help advance the Addison’s mission while critically re-examining our preconceived notions regarding American identity as expressed through art. The work that the Addison is doing to examine the forever unresolved question: What is America? is so crucial in our contemporary moment.” 

At the Peabody Essex Museum, Wilkins worked alongside Sarah Kennel, the Byrne Family Curator of Photography, to help develop and implement provenance and collections research initiatives and to refine the department’s collecting mission. Wilkins has previously held curatorial and research roles with institutions including the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME; the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL; the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, Utica, NY; and the Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris, France. Wilkins earned an M.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago, where he completed his thesis on nativism, modernism, and the fascist aesthetic in the popular and fine arts of interwar Maine. He holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. ​