Nelson-Atkins names William Keyse Rudolph deputy director

Dr. William Keyse Rudolph. Photo credit: Emilie Dujour

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Nelson-Atkins Museum has named Dr. William Keyse Rudolph as its new deputy director, Curatorial Affairs, a key leadership role that will help shape the museum’s dynamic exhibition program and curatorial team.

Rudolph comes to Kansas City from the San Antonio Museum of Art where he is currently the co-interim director. In his seven years at SAMA, Rudolph served as chief curator and curator of American and European Art and led the curatorial staff, collections, and exhibits department. Rudolph will begin work at the Nelson-Atkins in June 2020.

“I am excited to welcome William to the Nelson-Atkins leadership team. His exemplary scholarship, expertise and management skills will be a tremendous asset moving forward,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, CEO and director of the Nelson-Atkins. “I am very confident that William will use those skills to build on the great trajectory created by his predecessor, Catherine Futter, and I look forward to working with him to shape a vision for the Museum’s vibrant exhibition and program schedule for years to come.”

During his time in San Antonio, Rudolph increased the curatorial staff, regularized and developed an ambitious special exhibition program, with most projects organized and curated by the museum, and supported acquisitions across the collection areas.

Rudolph has also served as a curator at the Dallas Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum, and the Milwaukee Art Museum, in addition to holding prior research and support positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in European paintings and European decorative arts.

Rudolph was educated at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the University of Virginia, and earned his doctorate degree at Bryn Mawr College. He has also received decorative arts training through the Attingham Summer School for Country Houses and Collections and Royal Collections Studies. In addition, in 2017 Rudolph was a fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership, an intensive training program for art museum curators to develop leadership skills.