Anne Wilkes Tucker

curator photography Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

Anne Wilkes Tucker holds degrees from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a post-grad degree from the Visual Studies Workshop, a division of the State University of New York. After working in various museums and universities, she joined The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 1976, and is currently the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator. She founded the museum’s Photography Department, which now has a collection of over 28,000 photographs. Tucker has curated over 40 exhibitions, most of which were accompanied by a publication. She has contributed essays to monographs and catalogues, and has published a numerous articles. She has lectured throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and was a jury member for the selection of the 2009 Joop Swart Masterclass. Tucker has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and The Getty Center. In 2001, in an issue devoted to America’s Best, Time magazine honored her as America’s Best Curator. She was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Focus Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography in 2006, and received an Alumnae Achievement Award from Randolph Macon Woman’s College. In 2011, Tucker received an honorary doctorate from the College at Brockport State University of New York. She is currently preparing the exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographs of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath, which will feature images recorded by more than 280 photographers, from 28 nations, and spans 165 years over six continents, from the Mexican-American War in the mid-1800s to present-day conflicts.

Anne Wilkes Tucker

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