MAXWELL L. ANDERSON
Maxwell L. Anderson is director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Prior to his appointment at the Whitney in 1998, he was director of Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario and of the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta. He was previously an assistant curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. An art history major at Dartmouth College, he went on to receive A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in art history from Harvard University. Dr. Anderson is a trustee of the American Federation of Arts and the Association of Art Museum Directors and Chair of its Professional Issues Committee. He was decorated as a Commendatore by the Republic of Italy in 1990, and was a 1999 Cultural Laureate of the New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center. He has taught at Princeton University and the University of Rome.
Dr. Anderson's commitment to collaboration among museums has led him to work for changes in federal legislation to ensure tax equity for artists, for changes in international conventions and treaties to permit the free circulation of artworks internationally, and for the refinement of regulations to ensure the protection of endangered species. Dr. Anderson is a very active proponent of the value of networked information in education and for the art museum community. He was founding chairman of the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO), a group of 30 of the leading art museums in North America, established to create a single database for use in higher education and by K-12 teachers and students around the world (www.amico.org). As director of the Art Museum Network (www.artmuseumnetwork.org), he also created a database of exhibition information to permit anyone in the world to follow the primary offerings of over 200 of the world's leading art museums.