Jeremy Strick to Retire from Nasher Sculpture Centre After 15 Years at the Helm

Friday, November 3, 2023
Jeremy Strick to Retire from Nasher Sculpture Centre After 15 Years at the Helm

The Nasher Sculpture Center, a world-renowned museum dedicated to the field of sculpture, announces Director Jeremy Strick will retire from his leadership position in June 2024. Mr. Strick’s retirement from the museum field caps off a 40-year career and one in which he has served as Director of the Nasher for 15 of its 20 years, serving as the second-ever leader of the institution.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Jeremy Strick for his indelible contributions.  Jeremy has demonstrated that a museum dedicated to a singular field can be dynamic while advancing scholarship, and experimental while retaining purpose and focus,” said David Haemisegger, Chair of the Nasher’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Haemisegger will lead the international search for Mr. Strick’s successor.

“Serving as Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center has been a tremendous honor and the greatest joy,” said Mr. Strick. “Working with the extraordinary collection assembled by Raymond and Patsy Nasher, in one of the most beautiful museum settings in the world and given exceptional programmatic freedom by our Board of Trustees, our talented and dedicated staff and I were able to build upon this legacy, championing the field of sculpture, and placing the Nasher at the center of essential conversations in Dallas and around the world. I am forever grateful to the many extraordinary artists we have had the honor of celebrating, exhibiting and collecting over the years, and to the Dallas community for its unwavering interest and support. As I look to the future, I expect the Nasher will maintain its leadership in the field of modern and contemporary sculpture, while remaining a treasured place of discovery and enjoyment for visitors from North Texas and beyond.”

Mr. Strick will continue to lead the Nasher through its spring 2024 season, which includes the highly lauded group exhibition Groundswell: Women of Land Art and upcoming solo presentations by Sarah Sze and the Haas Brothers. During this time, he will work in tandem with the Board of Trustees to affect a smooth transition.

Since 2009, Mr. Strick has overseen the Nasher’s exhibitions, operations, collection, and acquisitions.

Building upon the world-renowned Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, which was influenced by the progressive eye of its collectors, the Nasher’s permanent collection has grown in size significantly under Mr. Strick’s tenure, including the landmark acquisition of 24 sculptures by Jean (Hans) Arp in 2023, arguably the single most important gift since the museum’s opening. Other significant acquisitions include 28 works—sculptures and drawings—by Phyllida Barlow, Nicole Eisenman’s much-lauded Sketch for a Fountain (five figures), 2017 (cast 2018-19), five works by Melvin Edwards ranging in date from 1972-2006, two sculptures by Raoul Hague, Nic Nicosia’s bighands, 2010 (enlarged and cast 2020), Simone Leigh’s Kasama, 2020 and Kathleen Ryan’s Jackie, 2021.

As Raymond and Pasty always desired for the collection’s future, representation of women artists has been expanded under Mr. Strick’s leadership through the establishment of the Kaleta A. Doolin Fund for Women Artists in 2015. Among then acquisitions made through the Doolin Fund are Untitled, 1980-83, by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Rearrangeable Rainbow Blocks, 1965, by Judy Chicago, 6 works by Dorothy Dehner, including Low Landscape No. 3, 1961, Field, 1985, by Maren Hassinger, four works by Ana Mendieta, including Untitled, 1985, and two works by Beverly Semmes, including Yellow Pool, 1993. 

At the same time, the Nasher’s collection was further expanded with the acquisition of works by artists of color and LGBQT+ artists. Notable artists whose work entered the collection during this time include Xxavier Edward Carter, Liu Wei, Ruben Ochoa, Catalina Ouyang, and lauren woods, among others. 

In 2015, Mr. Strick was instrumental in launching the Nasher Prize, an international award presented to a living artist in recognition of their extraordinary impact on the understanding and development of sculpture. Since its inception, the Nasher Prize has become the preeminent artist award in its field. Selected by an international jury of renowned museum directors, curators, artists, and art historians, the Nasher Prize has recognized the following Laureates: Doris Salcedo (2016); Pierre Huyghe (2017); Theaster Gates (2018); Isa Genzken (2019); Michael Rakowitz (2020/21); Nairy Baghramian (2022); Senga Nengudi (2023); and Otobong Nkanga (2025).

The Nasher Prize stands out for its year-long programmatic series designed around each Laureate. Ranging from public events to educational opportunities, the Nasher Prize’s collateral program includes a Graduate Symposium, Laureate Lecture, and roving Dialogues series. Aiming to bring together the brightest voices shaping contemporary sculpture today, Dialogues is held in partnership with prestigious institutions in cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Glasgow, Mexico City and Reykjavik, to expand public awareness and promote scholarly discourse. The next Dialogues will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) in Puerto Rico on November 9, 2023.

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