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Top hires at Crystal Bridges

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Kevin Murphy
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David Houston
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Matthew Dawson
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Just eight months out from its opening, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced today new hires: the deputy director of art and education, a director of curatorial and a curator of American Art. All are already on staff.

Matthew Dawson, deputy director, comes from the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, where he was senior project manager and director of public programs. Prior to that, he was creative director at the Art Gallery of Ontario; he's been in the museum and architecture field for 20 years. He holds a master's degree in architecture from Princeton University. He'll oversee curatorial and education functions, the CBMA press release said.

New director of curatorial David Houston, a curator, professor and public art administrator for 27 years, comes from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, where he served as chief curator since January 2001 and co-director since January 2010. His master's in art history comes from the University of South Carolina.

American Art curator Kevin Murphy, has been at the The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif., where he served as Bradford and Christine Mishler Associate Curator of American Art. He has also taught art history at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he earned his doctoral degree, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

The three new curatorial suits join CBMA curators Chris Crosman (collections) and Manuela Well-Off-Man (assistant).

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