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Ann Wagner Named Head of A-State’s Bradbury Art Museum

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Ann Prentice Wagner has been named the next director of the Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The move takes effect July 1.

Wagner has been working as an independent curator in Little Rock, and also worked as curator of drawings at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. Previously, she worked at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., in a variety of positions, including conducting research on artwork in the collection.

“I am deeply honored to have been chosen as the new director of the Bradbury Art Museum, an institution I have known and respected for many years,” she said in a news release. “It will be a joy to work at this museum founded by Curt and Chucki Bradbury, wonderful patrons, and supporters of art in Arkansas and the region.”

Wagner completed her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland after earning a master’s in art history from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in art history from George Washington University.

“We are excited to have an individual like Ann joining A-State,” A-Chancellor Todd Shields said in the release. “She has such a deep attachment to the arts and to the art community across the entire state and region. She will bring not only a deep passion for what a museum means to the community, but she also has fantastic connections across the state and across the country.”

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