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USD names Derrick R. Cartwright galleries director

Derrick R. Cartwright joined the University of San Diego as director of university galleries and professor of practice, announced USD Executive Vice President and Provost Julie Sullivan.

Cartwright is a curator, arts administrator and scholar. He served as the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director of the Seattle Art Museum and he was the director of the San Diego Museum of Art. In this newly created position at USD, Cartwright will oversee and manage all university galleries and their related collections. Those include the Hoehn Family Print Room, the Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries, the Fine Art Galleries in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the David W. May American Indian Collection and Gallery.

“Dr. Cartwright will be responsible for developing strong curricular connections between the galleries and academic departments, growing student engagement through innovative programs, cultivating supporters and ensuring best practices for all of USD’s collection and exhibition efforts,” said Sullivan.

Cartwright will be a professor of practice in the Department of Art, Art History and Architecture, teaching one or two courses a year. This fall, he will teach a seminar titled “What Was American Art?”

"I began my professional life as an assistant professor at USD and have always felt a deep attachment to this special place,” Cartwright said. “I am delighted to be returning to campus at this exciting time. The university's administration shares a compelling vision for the presence and coordination of the galleries throughout campus. I want to contribute to that by growing the collections, developing significant projects with colleagues on both faculty and staff, and by creating innovative programs that benefit the students at USD."

Cartwright is already working closely with Print Room Curator Victoria Sancho Lobis. He was invited last year to curate an exhibition in the Hoehn Family Galleries that will open shortly.

In addition to his work in Seattle and San Diego, Cartwright led the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College and the Musée d’Art Americain Giverny in Normandy, France. He has also served as a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Downtown Seattle Association, and the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, where he served as president from 2008 to 2009.

Cartwright taught a variety of art history and museum courses to undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University’s Paris Program at Reid Hall; Dartmouth College; the University of California at San Diego, and USD.

He is the author of dozens of articles and catalogue essays on the history of American painting, photography, public art and Franco-American cultural exchange. He is currently working on a book about change in the lives of 20th-century American artists, focusing on definitional moments in the careers of Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Jackson Pollock, and Eva Hesse. Cartwright holds art history degrees from UC Berkeley (A.B.), UCLA (M.A.) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D.).

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