SAMA Members’ Strong Response to Recent Staff Changes

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Trey Todd (left) and Tom Greenwell (center) and at the SAMA Contemporaries tour of the Kanyusik collection, September 23, 2013.

Recent staff changes at San Antonio Museum of Art, namely the elimination of the position of Assistant Curator of Latin American Art, Nancy Fullerton, and the sudden resignation of Contemporary Curator David S. Rubin, came as a complete surprise to arts community. Our recent article focused on the outpouring of praise and support for them, but there have been a number of off-the-record remarks expressing discontent about this situation.

However, two well-respected SAMA members, Tom Greenwell and Trey Todd, have decided to go public with their displeasure.

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S.A. Art Community Responds to David Rubin’s Resignation

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David Rubin (R) talks to Alejandro Padilla at the opening party for the On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour on February 21, 2014. Photo by Page Graham.

According to a report in the San Antonio Express-News also widely circulated on social media, David Rubin, The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) submitted his resignation on Tuesday, February 24, 2014. The resignation is effective immediately.

ArtBlogSA reached out to SAMA for comment and this statement was released :

“David has contributed so much to this museum, he goes with our great gratitude,” said Katie Luber, the Kelso Director at the museum. “We wish him well in all of his future endeavors and we look forward to seeing what he does next within the field of contemporary art.”

Prior to working at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Rubin was the Curator of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans from 2000-2006. He has also held positions at the Phoenix Art Museum, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (now MOCA Cleveland), Freedman Gallery, Albright College, San Francisco Art Institute, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, and Scripps College. He holds an M.A. in Art History from Harvard University.

Our initial response was shock. For us here at ArtBlogSA, Rubin had very much become the face of SAMA. Always in motion, always creating opportunities for the SAMA Contemporary Group to interact with each other here in San Antonio, across the U.S. and abroad. Collectors, gallerists, artists, academics, aficionados, neophytes, rich and poor, young and old — all mixed and mingled effortlessly. Rubin led the way with his uncanny ability to make often esoteric subject matter accessible and meaningful to those willing to show up for his frequent and popular talks.

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Contemporary Art Month: Call For Entries. Artists. Unite.

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When I moved to San Antonio a little over a year ago, the city-wide event that I was most excited about being able to immerse myself in was Contemporary Art Month. So, it is with a genuine sense of excitement that Page and I announce our partnership with CAM as a Media Sponsor. This is the first of many CAM posts you will see in the coming months. We hope to be your go-to source for all things CAM, so get ready.

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Thomas Sully Exhibit Ushers in a New Era at SAMA

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Frances Anne Kemble as Beatrice, by Thomas Sully. Image courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art.

The San Antonio Museum of Art has enjoyed steady growth over the last few decades, and its latest move may be one of the boldest yet. The decision was made (and funding was found) to hire not only one, but two new curators. William Keyse Rudolph is the new curator of American Art and Chief Curator of Collections, and the very personable Merribell Parsons is the new curator of European Art.

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