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Allen Memorial Art Museum appoints Andaleeb Badiee Banta Curator of European & American Art

The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College announce the appointment of Dr. Andaleeb Badiee Banta as its new Curator of European & American Art.

Dr. Banta, who will take up her post July 1, 2013, is currently Assistant Curator of Old Master Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., home to one of the world’s finest collections of European & American art.

Prior to her appointment as Assistant Curator at the National Gallery of Art, Dr. Banta held curatorial assistant, fellow, and research assistant positions at the Morgan Library & Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and gallery assistant positions and internships at The Frick Collection and with the dealers Otto Naumann and Wildenstein and Company. She has taught at Amherst College, Vassar College, Hunter College, the City College of New York, and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, as well as at New York University.

A graduate of New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, Dr. Banta earned her Ph.D. in 2007, with a dissertation entitled “Bernardo Strozzi: Defining an Artistic Identity in Early Seventeenth-Century Genoa” and received her B.A. from Vassar College. Dr. Banta was awarded numerous graduate and post-doctoral fellowships, including a Theodore Rousseau Fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant.

Dr. Banta has lectured widely at museums, universities and conferences across the United States and in Italy, and has numerous publications to her name. These include contributions to museum catalogues, and articles in publications such as Master Drawings, The Burlington Magazine and Apollo, on Strozzi, Vasari, Parmigianino, Bronzino, and other topics relating to Renaissance and Baroque art.

For more than a century, Oberlin has been committed to promoting direct study of original works of art to foster visual literacy and a deeper understanding of the diversity of the world’s cultures. Today, the AMAM houses an encyclopedic collection of more than 14,000 objects selected to provide a comprehensive overview of the history of art from virtually every culture, and is recognized as one of the five best academic museums in the country. The AMAM serves a broad regional audience and operates on the premise that learning about art is important for everyone, a principle demonstrated by free public admission, offered since its founding in 1917.

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