Deborah Velders assumes newly created post of Deputy Director at Asia Society Texas Center
HOUSTON -- Deborah Velders, an experienced museum administrator with long ties to Houston, has been named Deputy Director of Asia Society Texas Center.
Velders comes to ASTC from the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, N.C., where she served as Director and Chief Curator for the past six years. Before that, for more than 15 years she was Head of Exhibitions and Public Programs for The Menil Collection. She was brought to the Menil by founding Director Walter Hopps, and credits Hopps, Paul Winkler and patron Dominique de Menil as mentors in her professional training.
"We are excited to have Deborah Velders joining our team as the new Deputy Director of the Asia Society Texas Center," said ASTC Executive Director Martha Blackwelder. "Deborah is a highly regarded Museum professional who brings considerable breadth and depth of expertise to our growing institution. Her knowledge of Museum operations, programs and art installations will be invaluable. I look forward to working with Deborah over the coming months and years to build the Asia Society Texas Center into a major cultural institution for Texas and the region."
Velders notes, "I'm grateful for the opportunity to join such a talented team working on this exciting project. I'm a great fan of Asia Society's global vision and achievements, and I look forward to this promising new endeavor, and to working with new and former colleagues.
At the Cameron, Velders launched a successful 18-month Endowment Campaign raising $5.7 million, initiated an outdoor art park and landscape enhancement project, and began an artist-in-residence program.
During her years at the Menil she reorganized the exhibition department and initiated several ongoing public programs, including The Artist's Eye gallery talks and a lecture series in collaboration with Rice University's Art Department. She helped produce major exhibitions by Cy Twombly, Sam Francis, and H.S. Westermann, among many others.
Velders has a bachelor's degree in Art History and a master's degree in English and American literature, both from the University of Houston. She will start March 1, 2011.
For more information contact Martha Blackwelder, Executive Director, 713-439-0051 Ext. 10.
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