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Release: Dec. 1, 1999
UI names Howard Creel Collinson as director of Museum
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Howard Creel Collinson, the Mona
Campbell Curator, department of Western art and culture of the Royal Ontario
Museum in Toronto, has been named director of the University of Iowa Museum
of Art, UI Provost Jon Whitmore announced today (Dec. 1).
Collinson succeeds Stephen Prokopoff, who retired
Whitmore commented on the appointment, "Howard Collinson
has a proven track record of building quality programs at the Royal Ontario
Museum. As well, he articulated many creative ideas during the interview process
that engendered broad support for his candidacy."
"I'm honored to be entrusted with the leadership of
the tremendous collections and programs of the Museum of Art," Collinson said.
"I look forward to working with all the museum's staff, volunteers and friends
to continue the museum's long tradition as a vibrant contributor to the life
of the university, the region and the state."
Collinson, who is a native of Kansas, has been at
the Royal Ontario Museum since 1986, first as assistant curator with full
responsibility for prints and drawings in the European department. He became
associate curator in 1991 and was appointed head of the museum's Institute
of Contemporary Culture (ICC) in 1992. He became head of the department of
Western art and culture in 1996, and in 1997 he was named the Mona Campbell
Curator, making him the first person already on the museum staff to be named
to an endowed curatorship.
During Collinson's six-year tenure as head, the ICC
constructed a 4,000-square-foot gallery, presented 12 exhibitions and raised
more then $2.5 million in cash and in-kind donations. He organized and served
as curator for several of the ICC's exhibitions, including "Fifty Years of
Canadian Advertising and Design," an exhibition of paintings by Canadian painter
Charles Pachter, and a retrospective exhibition of works by the distinguished
graphic designer Theo Dimson.
Collinson also worked on a wide variety of other exhibitions
at the Royal Ontario Museum, including "A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria
and Albert Museum," "Floral Embroideries: Designs from an 18th-century Album,"
"The Art of Babar: Drawings and Watercolors by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff,"
and "Psychedelic: San Francisco Posters of the 60s," among others.
He has published articles and reviews in art journals
and exhibition catalogues, presented lectures in Canada and the United States
and made more than 120 appearances on television and radio programs. Collinson
holds a bachelor's degree with highest honors from the University of Kansas
and a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, where he served as a research
assistant at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Collinson will begin his duties at the UI Museum of
Art Feb. 15.
(NOTE TO EDITORS: Howard Creel Collinson, the new
director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, may be reached for comment
at 416-966-3586, or by e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.)