Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Blanton Museum of Art in Austin
In a museum career spanning almost twenty-five years, Carter E. Foster has specialized in the history of drawing and the continuities of artistic practice in Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present, and has organized dozens of exhibitions covering this range. Special areas of interest and research have included the tradition and pedagogy of life drawing in France, French festival design in the 18th century, and the influence of ancient sculpture on Neoclassicism. He has held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he is currently the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing. A specialist on the work of Edward Hopper, he organized the 2013 exhibition Hopper Drawing and edited and co-authored its accompanying catalogue. Foster also writes extensively on post-war and contemporary American art. He is was part of a four-member curatorial team that created the inaugural collection display for the Whitney Museum's new building: America is Hard to See. He has just moved to the Blanton Museum of Art where he is the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Prints and Drawings.