• Helping to steward and forward the museum’s permanent collection by accessioning 438 objects and deaccessioning 89 objects, and identifying approximately 190 objects as deaccession candidates.
• Bringing a total of 90 scholars to the museum to review and advise on the African, American, Asian, European, Glass, Native American and Photography collections.
• Strengthening the curatorial department by bringing two additional professionals to the team: Katherine Siegwarth, the Kettering Exhibition Coordinator and Curatorial Associate, and Peter Doebler, the Kettering Postdoctoral Assistant in Asian Art.
• She and the curatorial team presented and/or curated 24 exhibitions during her tenure, including original exhibitions such as “American Sampler: Grandma Moses and the Handicraft Tradition” and “Into the Ether: Contemporary Light Artists,” which received rave reviews and international press. Board member and founder of The Lange Family Experiencenter Pamela Houk recently stated that, “No other curator has presented the permanent collection and shared so many rarely seen objects so well.”
• Participating in the commitment of more than a million dollars in donor pledges. One in particular will assist with ongoing interactive electronic programming and presentation of the collection.
• Representing the museum in the Center for Curatorial Leadership program as a fellow in 2015.
• Securing the acquisition of a 17th Century Dutch ebonized frame, as well as executing, through a bequest, the purchase of an 18th century painting for museum’s collections.
DeGalan’s last day with the museum with be Sept. 30. She will assume the role of Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Senior Curator of European Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This endowed position leads the European Arts Division and presents an opportunity to work on senior-level research, exhibition, and catalogue projects while overseeing numerous curatorial departments.
“The Business Insider recently ranked the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as one of the top 25 museums in America, and The Dayton Art Institute can be proud that one of our own is moving on to such a prestigious organization,” Roediger said.