Norton Museum names new curator of photography

Norton Museum names new curator of photography

Lauren Richman is the Norton Museum’s new William and Sarah Ross Soter curator of photography.

The Norton Museum of Art has named Lauren Richman as the new William and Sarah Ross Soter curator of photography.

Richman, who is assistant curator of photography at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University in Bloomington, will be responsible for overseeing the museum’s Department of Photography, including the organization of temporary exhibition programming as well as the ongoing management, research, and expansion of the permanent collection through new acquisitions, the Norton said in a release.

She also will lead the West Palm Beach museum’s photography committee, whose members provide support for the museum’s efforts to build and maintain a world-class photography collection, as well as a full slate of related programs and activities, the Norton said.

Richman will join the Norton on April 10.

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“We are thrilled to welcome Lauren Richman to the Norton and look forward to her shaping and expanding our Department of Photography, a key component of the museum’s permanent collection,” Ghislain d’Humières, the Kenneth C. Griffin Director and CEO of the Norton Museum of Art said in a prepared statement.

“She brings to the Norton an expansive knowledge of the medium and a curatorial commitment to showcasing diverse artists and promoting progressive collecting practices,” he said.

Richman specializes in the histories of photography and film, as well as modern and contemporary art. She previously held curatorial and research roles at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago, the Norton said.

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She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in art history from Southern Methodist University, and has a bachelor’s in art history from Vanderbilt University.

“I am delighted to be joining the Norton, an institution that consistently produces innovative and accessible art programming, and whose significant and growing photography holdings overlap with my own past and present areas of expertise,” Richman said in a prepared statement.

“I am particularly excited to further the Norton’s ongoing work to foster a sense of community through its exhibitions and programming and look forward to spotlighting the vibrancy and rich diversity of the Museum’s photography collection,” she said.

The Norton’s curator of photography position was endowed by a gift from William and Sarah Ross Soter in 2000.

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