DIA hires new associate European art curator

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

The Detroit Institute of Arts has hired a new associate curator of European art from the mid-19th and 20th centuries, officials announced Thursday.

Jill Shaw was most recently a senior curator of collections and a research affiliate at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, institute leaders said in a statement. She is scheduled to start the position, which covers pieces from 1850–1950, on Jan. 19.

It’s the first curatorial hire by Salvador Salort-Pons, who became DIA director in October.

“We are excited to welcome Jill to our curatorial staff. She brings a wonderful set of scholarly skills and is keen on our visitor-centered approach,” he said in a statement. “Among other responsibilities, Jill will conduct much-needed research on our modern European collection, one of the finest in the nation. I am confident she will bring new light into our Modern art holdings, reinforce them with new acquisitions and organize innovative exhibitions in collaboration with our Learning and Interpretation team.”

Shaw previously held positions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she researched and published on the museum’s collection of European painting and sculpture dating from 1850-1950 as well as helped develop its first online scholarly collection catalogs dedicated to renowned painters Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, DIA officials said.

At Colgate, she curated exhibitions of the permanent collection as well as shows featuring the work of artists Diane Arbus, Mark Dion and Richard Serra, officials said.

The Nashville native earned a bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern University and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.