McNay Art Museum names Matthew McLendon as its new director

Matthew McLendon
Matthew McLendon has been appointed director of the San Antonio's McNay Art Museum

San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum Board of Trustees has named Matthew McLendon to serve as the fourth director in the museum’s 68-year history.

McLendon comes to the McNay from The Fralin Museum of Art at The University of Virginia , where he served as the director and chief curator since 2017. He succeeds Richard Aste who announced his departure earlier this year.

“Matthew’s dynamic experience as an art historian, museum director and curator will strengthen the McNay Art Museum’s position as a global destination for modern and contemporary art,” said Don Frost, President of the Board of Trustees. “We are confident that his expertise and strong commitment to civic engagement will advance the Museum’s vision of becoming a place of belonging for our diverse community.”

Noted exhibitions he organized at the Fralin include multi-sensory installation by Vanessa German; “Unexpected O’Keeffe: The Virginia Watercolors and Later Paintings,” an exhibition focusing on the critical yet little-known period that Georgia O’Keeffe spent as a student at UVA; and “Skyscraper Gothic,” investigating the European foundations of the fundamentally American skyscraper and its place in early 20th century material culture.

“The McNay Art Museum’s commitment to integrity, innovation, excellence and equity aligns with the work that has anchored my career,” said McLendon. “It is an honor to follow Richard Aste, and I eagerly anticipate furthering the institution’s mission to provide transformational experiences to the San Antonio community through a growing collection and thought-provoking exhibitions.”

Prior to his position at the Fralin, McLendon was curator of modern and contemporary art at the Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida He earned his MA and PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. He earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Art History at Florida State University. His books “Toni Dove: Embodied Machines” (Scala); “EMIT: What the Bringback Brought” (Ringling/Murphy); “Re:Purposed” (Scala), and “R. Luke DuBois—Now” (Scala).

McLendon will assume leadership duties at the McNay on February 13, 2023