Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788

January 29, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Mark A. Roglán, Ph.D., has been named curator of the Meadows Museum and adjunct assistant professor of art history at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, effective immediately. Dr. Roglán, 30, a former research associate at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, has been working at the Meadows Museum since October 2001, when he began a one-year appointment as interim curator.

“We have been very impressed with Dr. Roglán’s work in the past four months and are delighted to officially welcome him as curator,” said Carole Brandt, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. “This is an exciting time of change at the museum, as we envision our mission and future in our beautiful new building and undertake a national search for a new director. Dr. Roglán’s scholarship and ideas will be key factors in how we chart our course in the years ahead.”

“We are very fortunate to have someone with Mark Roglán’s outstanding qualifications as our new curator,” said Dr. Greg Warden, director ad interim of the museum and professor of art history at SMU. “Not only does he bring expert knowledge and firsthand experience of Spanish art and Spain to our museum, but great energy and an impeccable sense of quality. We look forward to his guidance in helping the museum build upon its exceptional collection of Spanish art and develop exciting exhibitions.”

Dr. Roglán said, “I feel honored and privileged to join the Meadows Museum as they develop their vision for the future, and to work with what is one of the most prestigious and marvelous collections of Spanish art in the world. I am also looking forward to sharing my love of Spanish art with the students at SMU and working with the distinguished faculty of the Division of Art History.”

Dr. Roglán’s curatorial duties include planning, working with the museum director and guest curators on special events, and researching and writing a comprehensive catalogue of the museum’s collection. Dr. Roglán also will present public gallery talks, members’ programs and lectures to visiting academic groups.

Before coming to the Meadows Museum, Dr. Roglán worked as a curatorial fellow and a research associate at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain from January 1999 to September 2001. There he collaborated on numerous exhibitions of 19th-century art, wrote for diverse exhibition catalogues and helped to prepare a raisonné catalogue of the Prado’s entire collection of 19th-century paintings and sculptures -- more than 4,100 works in all. He also served as a researcher with the Lázaro Galdiano Museum in Madrid and coordinated a project on the works of the Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla for the Foundation for the Preservation of the History of Hispanic Art in Spain.

In the summer of 1998, Dr. Roglán served as a drawings department assistant with the Fogg Museum at Harvard University. During the previous academic year, he studied at Tufts University through a Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Scholarship and was also appointed an instructor of Spanish. Among other fellowships and honors, Dr. Roglán was awarded an Erasmus European Union Scholarship for a year-long study at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and a Fundación Argentaria Fellowship for the study of 16th-century art at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

A native of Madrid, Dr. Roglán received masters degrees in both world history and art history and a doctorate in 19th- and 20th-century art from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. His dissertation, 19th-Century Spanish Paintings in Public Collections in the United States, featured a number of works at the Meadows Museum.

NOTE: Dr. Roglán’s first exhibition at the Meadows Museum, Goya’s Mastery in Prints: “La Tauromaquia” and “Los Disparates,” opened Sunday, January 27 and will run through April 1, 2002. The exhibition explores the last two major print series created by the Spanish master Francisco de Goya (1746-1828). Dr. Roglán also will give a gallery talk at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, February 15, titled “Goya: His Prints, His Mastery.” For more information on the exhibition or the gallery talk, members of the public may call the museum at 214-768-2516.