A Note from the Director
Preston Thayer became director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art in October 2013. He brings 14 years experience leading museums across the country, including at two other universities.
A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Dr. Thayer received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in the history of technology from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.
This spring, the Art Museum hosted a Senior Art History Exhibition on Whistler and His Contexts, and the 12-artist Senior Art Exhibition — two wonderful shows that highlighted the variety of art (old and new) that we celebrate here at Augustana.
Preparations are well underway for an exhibition of 19th- and 20th-century Swedish art, culled from a generous donation by Ann and Sam Charters. This exhibition — opening in early September — will lay the groundwork for what we hope will be a multi-year suite of exhibitions and programs on contemporary Scandinavian art.
As my first academic year as director draws to a close, I want to give special thanks to all the students who have made me feel welcome, and whose efforts have moved the museum forward in substantive and, I hope, rewarding ways. From translating Swedish art books to reviving our Facebook and Twitter accounts, helping to install exhibitions and assisting with the integration of a new database for the Permanent Collection, these students have been a pleasure to work with. I wish them and their compatriots a great summer!
Preston Thayer, Director