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The Pulitzer Announces Appointment of Senior Curator
July 15, 2008

St. Louis, MO - After an international search, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Francesca Herndon-Consagra as Senior Curator. Herndon-Consagra, currently Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum, will assume her position on September 22, 2008.

Matthias Waschek, Director of the Pulitzer, states, “We are all thrilled that as accomplished a colleague as Francesca will be joining the Pulitzer. She brings a unique combination of artistic sensibility, depth of art historical knowledge and intellectual curiosity, which will further strengthen and define this young institution's evolving mission.”

Herndon-Consagra has worked within a wide range of arts institutions and brings experience which will provide an invaluable perspective as the Pulitzer continues to grow and define itself. Prior to her tenure at the Saint Louis Art Museum, she worked at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She was also an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Working within the curatorial field for over twenty years, Herndon-Consagra has organized many significant exhibitions, most recently The Immediate Touch: German, Austrian, and Swiss Drawings from St. Louis Collections, 1946–2007. Her exhibitions have covered a wide range of periods and cultures, from Art of India: Convergence of Cultures from the Romans to the Raj at Vassar, to Max Beckmann: A Selection of Prints from the Neumann/Frumkin Collection at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The diversity of her accomplishments will be a great asset to the Pulitzer, an institution which sees itself more as a laboratory than a traditional museum.

Herndon-Consagra is highly respected within the curatorial community. She received her B.A. from Connecticut College and has a Ph.D. in Art History from The Johns Hopkins University. She is an elected board member of the Print Council of America and was an elected member of the Professional Development and Conference Committee for the American Association of Museum Curators. As a result of her eight-year tenure at the Saint Louis Art Museum, she is also strongly rooted within the St. Louis community where she served on the Advisory Council of Arts in Transit, and has received Grand Center’s Visionary Award for Outstanding Arts Professional in St. Louis. “We are extraordinarily proud of Francesca’s many achievements during her tenure here at the Museum and wish her every success in her new endeavor,” said Brent R. Benjamin, Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. “We will miss her but are also thrilled that someone of her talent is staying here in St. Louis.”

Herndon-Consagra notes “the shift from working in a large comprehensive museum to a smaller, more exploratory environment especially appeals to me. It will give me the chance to collaborate with artists and scholars while working closely with the director, founder, and board towards accomplishing the mission and goals of the Foundation.”

Through art installations, programs, collaborations, and exchanges with other institutions, the Pulitzer aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of art and architecture and be a resource for artists, architects, scholars, students and the general public. For more information about the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts visit www.pulitzerarts.org or call 314-754-1850.
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