Anne Goodyear

BRUNSWICK

Frank H. Goodyear III and Anne Collins Goodyear have been named co-directors of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. 

Frank Goodyear currently serves as curator of photographs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Anne Collins Goodyear serves as associate curator of prints and drawings at the National Portrait Gallery. She is also president of the College Art Association. The couple was married in June 2000.

Frank Goodyear“Both have enjoyed distinguished careers as curators,” Bowdoin College Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd said in making the announcement, “and their complementary expertise and unique talents align wonderfully with the strengths and ambition of what is one of the oldest and most prestigious collegiate art collections in the country.”

The Goodyears will oversee more than 20,000 items in the museum’s collections as well as staff, programs, strategic planning and budgets. They will begin their positions in June.

“We are thrilled by the opportunity this represents,” the couple said jointly in a news release. 

“The faculty, museum staff and the administration of the college have all impressed us deeply with their commitment to excellence and to the continued development of the museum’s collection and programming. We look forward to joining the museum’s community.”

Anne Collins Goodyear was named assistant curator at the National Portrait Gallery in 2001 and was promoted to associate curator in 2009. She is also a professorial lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at The George Washington University. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned her B.A. magna cum laude in the history of art and architecture and French civilization, and where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in art history at the University of Texas at Austin.

Frank Goodyear also earned his master’s degree and doctorate (both in American studies) at the University of Texas at Austin. A graduate of Princeton University, he was named curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in December 2012. He previously served as associate curator of photographs (2006-12) and as assistant curator of photographs (2001-06).

The collections of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art began 200 years ago with a major gift from college founder James Bowdoin and his family, including Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. 

The museum is housed in the landmark Walker Art Building, designed in 1894 by Charles Follen McKim.


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