C.D. Dickerson will be the new curator and head of sculpture and decorative arts at the National Gallery of Art.

 

Kimbell Art Museum curator and former National Gallery intern C.D. Dickerson has been named curator and head of sculpture and decorative arts at the National Gallery of Art, the museum announced Thursday.

Beginning July 27, Dickerson will oversee a collection of more than 3,500 works of European and American sculpture, decorative arts and medals. He succeeds Mary Levkoff, who left in July to become the director of Hearst Castle in California.

Dickerson was named curator of European Art at the Kimbell in Fort Worth in 2009, two years after he arrived as an associate curator. He was an assistant curator of Renaissance and baroque art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore from 2006 to 2007. He co-curated many exhibitions at the Kimbell, including “Bernini: Sculpting in Clay,” which also at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

In 2004, Dickerson was a graduate curatorial intern at the National Gallery, and last summer he returned to its Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts as an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow.

National Gallery of Art director Earl A “Rusty” Powell, III welcomed Dickerson back to the museum.

“He has a great familiarity with our collection and brings fresh insights to exhibitions, acquisitions, and presentation of the collection,” Powell said in a statement.

At 39, Dickerson is the youngest full-time curator in the NGA’s history, a spokeswoman confirmed.

A graduate of Princeton University, Dickerson earned a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD from New York University, where he studied with scholar Donald Posner and Nicholas Penny, director of the National Gallery in London and former head of sculpture and decorative arts at the National Gallery of Art.