Sarah Schroth, the Nancy Hanks Senior Curator at Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art, is the museum’s new director. Schroth has been serving as its interim director since November. She succeeds Kimerly Rorschach as the Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the museum.
An expert on Spanish art of the seventeenth century, Schroth joined the Duke University Museum of Art—as it was then known—in 1995.
While at Duke, Schroth has organized numerous shows ranging from Old Masters to Contemporary art, including the award-winning 2008 exhibition, El Greco to Velázquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III. As a result of that exhibition, which she organized with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Schroth was named knight-commander in the Order of Isabel la Católica by King Juan Carlos I of Spain. She has collaborated on major exhibitions with the Museo del Prado, the Seattle Art Museum, and others; has published widely; and has worked closely with Duke faculty members in shaping their scholarship into exhibitions.