Dallas, TX—August 29, 2018— Dr. Michelle Rich has been named The Ellen and Harry S. Parker III Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Americas at the Dallas Museum of Art. The appointment was announced today by Dr. Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. Dr. Rich will join the DMA after the completion of two prestigious Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowships at national museums: first at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and currently at the San Antonio Museum of Art. She will begin her new role in Dallas on September 17, 2018.
“Michelle Rich brings to the DMA extensive archaeological field experience and expertise in researching, conserving, and exhibiting important historical objects from across the Americas,” said Arteaga. “We look forward to welcoming her to the Museum to work with the DMA’s significant collection of art of the Americas—bringing their stories to life for all of our visitors.”
As The Ellen and Harry S. Parker III Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Americas, Dr. Rich will be responsible for ancient through modern arts from Native North America, Mesoamerica, lower Central America, and the Andean regions. The DMA’s important collection ranges in media from wood to shell, with the greatest representation in ceramic and textile arts from across the Americas. Dr. Rich will contribute to the organization of exhibitions; conduct and develop scholarly research on the DMA’s collection; play an integral role in making departmental acquisitions; and collaborate on installations throughout the Museum, all celebrating the artistic achievements of indigenous Americans.
With her primary expertise in Maya art, ritual objects, and architecture, Rich is an Assistant Director of the U.S.-Guatemalan El Perú-Waka’ Regional Archaeological Project, whose team has been implementing a diverse research program since 2003 exploring the prominent ancient Maya site widely known for its central location and longevity. She coordinated a groundbreaking international collaboration to excavate, restore, and conserve a narrative scene composed of more than 20 ceramic figurines discovered during her investigations at the site.
“The Dallas Museum of Art has such impressive exhibitions and programming. I am thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with the amazing team here to foster dynamic experiences for visitors, as well as to conduct and present exciting, accessible scholarship featuring the Art of the Americas collection,” said Rich. “In bringing my passion for the art of the Americas—and particularly the ancient Americas—to this museum and its significant collection, I hope to inspire a sense of cross-cultural appreciation and stewardship for indigenous art in our communities.”
As a Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow from 2015 to 2017 at LACMA, Rich curated Ancient Bodies: Archaeological Perspectives on Mesoamerican Figures, a 2017 exhibition of figurines from Burial 39, one of the royal tombs she excavated at El Perú-Waka’, and nearly 50 additional figurines from LACMA’s collection that explored the central role of archaeological excavation in situating ancient art and artifacts in a cultural framework.
A number of fellowships and grants have supported her work, and she has delivered lectures and scholarly papers both in the U.S. and abroad and contributed to numerous publications, including co-editing a multi-author volume about ritual activity at El Perú-Waka’. Rich has also served as an adjunct instructor at Santa Monica College and Sul Ross State University, conducted cultural resource management with Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc. and is co-organizing the Ninth Annual South Central Conference of Mesoamerica with the University of Texas at San Antonio in October 2018.
Michelle Rich is a member of the Society for American Archaeology, Association of Art Museum Curators, and Association of Latin American Art. She also holds an appointment as a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Rich earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in anthropology from Southern Methodist University. She is a summa cum laude graduate of University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART APPOINTS AMIR TABEI AS NEW DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL MEDIA
Dallas, TX, August 29, 2018 – Agustín Arteaga, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, today announced the appointment of Amir Tabei as the Director of Information Technology and Digital Media. Mr. Tabei brings to his new role over 30 years of senior management practice in information technology, product development, consulting and business development.
With extensive experience in nonprofit operations, Tabei currently serves as Director of Engineering Group for Techbridge, Inc., an international nonprofit providing IT consulting in seven countries to thousands of nonprofit organizations. He is the former Chief Technology Officer of NPower Texas, a not-for-profit that provides IT consulting to Texas nonprofit organizations, and former Director of Technology at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, where he led the IT strategy along with business and operational systems. He will assume his new position at the DMA on September 4, 2018.
“We are excited to welcome Amir Tabei to the DMA as our Director of Information Technology and Digital Media. He is a proven leader, with a notable record of achievement at nonprofit organizations,” said Arteaga. “His tremendous expertise and deep understanding of technology’s current and future role assures us that Amir is the right person to integrate and apply new trends in technology and digital media across the Museum to reach diverse audiences and achieve our strategic goals.”
In his new role, Tabei will oversee the Museum’s technology and digital initiatives, as well as staff in the areas of systems administration, software and web development, multimedia, and intellectual property and rights administration. He will manage a diverse range of projects, many of which will chart the future of digital media and technology for the Dallas Museum of Art.
“I am honored to join such an iconic museum and bring my broad technology experience to an organization that resonates so deeply with our community,” added Tabei. “I look forward to leading the DMA’s Information Technology and Digital Media team and helping the Museum achieve growth, create more engaging experiences, and bring art and people together by enhancing technology and digital platforms.”
Tabei joined TechBridge in January 2015 through the acquisition of Aidmatrix, a nonprofit that provided supply chain management platforms for nonprofits involved in international aid for disaster, medical and hunger relief. Prior to his nonprofit career, Tabei held several management positions with companies within software development and telecom sectors.
Projects completed under Tabei’s direction have earned widespread industry recognition, including the Oracle Universal Content Management Implementation Award, Platinum Award for Best Overall Internet Site and Gold Award for Best Health/Healthcare Content, Webaward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Site Development and a Webby Award Nomination.
Tabei holds a Business Intelligence Graduate Certification from SMU Cox School of Business and an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Richland College.