About Don Bacigalupi

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Don Bacigalupi, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of comprehensive experience in museum management. Dr. Bacigalupi joined Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as executive director in 2009, responsible for the planning, organization, construction, and inauguration of the Museum. Since its opening in November, 2011, he has overseen the key areas of professional staffing, governance, collections, exhibitions, and education programs.

Prior to joining Crystal Bridges, Dr. Bacigalupi served as president, director, and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art. There he oversaw the construction and 2006 opening of the renowned Glass Pavilion, designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA (Sejima + Nishizawa and Associates), which was named “Best Museum” design in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine in 2007. He previously served as executive director of the San Diego Museum of Art; director and chief curator of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston; and the Brown Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

A specialist in post-WWII American art, Dr. Bacigalupi has contributed to publications and exhibition catalogs addressing a wide range of topics, including contemporary art in many media, and he has lectured throughout the United States and abroad. He has served on the boards of organizations such as the Association of Art Museum Directors and the national committee of the International Council of Museums. He has also been active in the American Association of Museums. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.

Dr. Bacigalupi received his master’s and doctorate degrees in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, and his bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Houston, where he was honored as valedictorian. He was a 1996 fellow at the Getty Trust.

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Who Says Museums Are Stodgy and Boring?

Who Says Museums Are Stodgy and Boring?

June 1, 2015 with

There always seems to be a negative stigma associated with going to a museum, but more museums are becoming more interactive, appealing to the masses

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