John W. Smith Appointed New Director of Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.- John W. Smith has been appointed director of the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, effective fall 2011. Smith comes to the Museum with a distinguished background in visual arts institutions. He currently serves as director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, the world’s leading research center devoted to the study of the visual arts of America. During Smith’s tenure (2006 to present), he has worked successfully with the Board of Trustees and staff to greatly increase the visibility of the Archives. He has expanded the exhibitions and publications program, integrated the vital contributions of contemporary artists into the Archives programming, and raised nearly $15 million in private and foundation philanthropic support—-including a recent $3 million grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. In 2007, Smith overs