FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art Board of Trustees announced yesterday the retirement of Dr. Ron Tyler as director of the museum. Tyler will serve as director until April 1, 2011; the board and museum management are currently working on a succession plan.
“During Ron’s tenure, we have seen our collection grow through valuable acquisitions of American art,” said Ruth Carter Stevenson, president of the board. “Our educational programs and online offerings have also exponentially expanded, and we have undergone extensive renovation and updating of the physical facilities. As we move into our 50th anniversary, the museum is positioned as a leader among art museums. Dr. Tyler has left a tangible legacy, and we are grateful for his leadership and vision.”
In retirement, Tyler plans to resume scholarly work, devoting more time to his lifelong passion for research and writing. He will work to complete three books, which are projects he began before he accepted the directorship in 2006.
“The nearly 22 years that I have spent at the Amon Carter are among the happiest and most productive of my career,” Tyler said. “I thank the Board of Trustees for the opportunity to work here, for it changed my life and essentially launched my career. I feel that I received my education here as much as at the universities I attended.”
In his first tenure at the museum, Tyler served as curator and assistant director for collections and programs. In 1986 he left to join the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as professor of history for 20 years.
“The Amon Carter is an incredible community resource,” Tyler said. “It has been a privilege to work here, and I expect to continue to use its collections for research on several book projects that I am developing.”
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