Kylea Knecht, BYU
Mark Magleby

PROVO —Mark A. Magleby, a BYU art history faculty member since 1997, has been appointed as the new director of the Brigham Young University Museum of Art.

Stephen M. Jones, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, announced the appointment Wednesday. Magleby will officially begin in his new role on Jan. 1.

Before his employment at BYU, Magleby was an art history faculty member at both The Ohio State University and Denison University in Ohio. Magleby received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History of Art from Ohio State, having previously completed his B.A. from Brigham Young University.

Magleby specializes in 18th century art and architecture, 20th century European art, and contemporary theory and criticism, according to a news release.

"Mark speaks as an avid insider about the contributions past exhibitions have made to the cultural and academic life of BYU and the greater community," Jones said. "He has a vision about the museum's future possibilities and the passion and dedication necessary to help it continue on a path towards excellence."

Magleby will replace former director Campbell Gray, who earlier this year accepted a position as director of The University of Queensland Art Museum in Brisbane, Australia.

"I am grateful this day as I transition into the legacy of Campbell Gray and I appreciate greatly his dreams and ambitions for this institution – and the wonderful staff he left behind," Magleby said. "Remarkably talented colleagues at the MOA create concrete exhibitions from the most ephemeral ideas. It is a great honor for me to collaborate with their excellence."

Magleby co-authored with Leslie Norris the book "Kershisnik: Painting from Life." Magleby's prior work with the museum includes co-curating the exhibition "Allegories of Empire."