C.D. Dickerson, curator of European Art at the Kimbell Art Museum, has been named curator and head of sculpture and decorative arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The Washington Post reports that Dickerson will assume his position, overseeing a collection of some 3,526 works of European and American sculpture, decorative arts, and medals, along with the associated exhibition program, on July 27.
Dickerson came to the Kimbell as associate curator in 2007 and became curator of European art two years later. He contributed to many exhibitions at the Kimbell, perhaps most notably to Bernini: Sculpting in Clay in 2012‒2013, of which Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News wrote, “This first-ever comprehensive show of these models is a triumph for Kimbell curator C.D. Dickerson.” For those who think those internships don’t pay off—think again; Dickerson interned at the National Gallery 2004-2005. The National Gallery’s director states, “He has a great familiarity with our collection and brings fresh insights to exhibitions, acquisitions, and presentation of the art.”
At age 39, Dickerson is the youngest full-time curator in the National Gallery’s history.