Bonnie Anne Speed, director of the Trammell & Margaret Crow
Collection of Asian Art in Dallas was appointed director of the
Carlos Museum on June 26. She will assume her new role in August.
I am delighted that Bonnie Speed will be joining us to guide
the Carlos Museum, bringing with her abundant energy, considerable
museum experience, poise, focus and a strong dose of humor and self-knowledge,
said President Bill Chace.
Of her new position, Speed said, I am thrilled with my appointment
as the next director of the Carlos Museum. It is a beautiful museum
with stellar collections and a fantastic staff. I cant wait
to get started.
Strengthening institutions artistic visions, building audiences
and forming strategic partnerships are recurring themes in Speeds
career of museum leadershipskills that should prove advantageous
for the Carlos Museum.
During her two-year leadership, the Crow Collection developed a
new and ambitious program of temporary exhibitions to complement
its permanent holdings, attracting new audiences and formulating
compelling reasons for visitors to return regularly.
Speed also is credited with establishing the organizations
first membership program, forming a core group of supporters for
the young institution. Educational outreach is one of Speeds
priorities, and initiatives she pursued in Dallas include an innovate
music series merging area musicians with Asian musicians, and a
quilting festival with 12 of the citys arts organizations
forming an alliance to celebrate international quilting traditions
with exhibitions and programming.
An experienced curator, Speed organized exhibitions of both Japanese
and Chinese art for the Crow Colletion.
Bonnie is a talented and experienced director with the creativity
and passion to lead the museum, build effective collaborations at
Emory and in Atlanta, and attract new audiences to the Carlos,
said interim Director Catherine Howett Smith.
Prior to joining the Crow Collection, Speed served for nine years
as director of visual arts at the Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst
in Mount Vernon, Ill. There, she established the 90-acre Cedarhurst
Sculpture Park on the grounds of the museums building, a historic
home that housed a collection of late-19th/early-20th century American
paintings and works on paper. Speed orchestrated all acquisitions
for the sculpture park, which contained 61 works at her departure
in 2000, and contributed to the Cedarhurst complex becoming one
of southern Illinois leading cultural institutions.
A fine arts/art education graduate of the University of Southern
Maine, Speed continued her studies in art history at Bates College
in Lewiston, Maine, and San Diego State University. She earned her
M.A. in art history at the University of Kansas and attended the
Mandarin Training Center in Taipei, Taiwan on a scholarship to study
conversational and written Chinese.