CONWAY, Ark. (July 14, 2022) – Christian H. Cutler will become the new director of the Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College, effective Monday, July 18.
The Windgate Museum of Art is housed in the Miller Creative Quad, which opened in Fall 2019. The museum serves as an educational resource for Hendrix College and is free and open to the public.
Cutler brings more than 23 years of combined experience from private art galleries, museums and university galleries, from preparing behind the scenes for exhibition openings, juried exhibitions, guest artists and fundraising to managing the overall operations of gallery exhibition programming, education and design.
“We are very excited to have Christian Cutler join the Hendrix community and direct the Windgate Museum of Art,” said Dr. Terri Bonebright, Provost of Hendrix College. “He has built a reputation for creating thought-provoking, thematic exhibitions that bring diverse and culturally relevant contemporary art, historical artwork and design to audiences. We look forward to his leadership and commitment to the Hendrix community.”
Cutler most recently served as gallery director for the University of Central Missouri and previously for Stephen F. Austin State University, where he managed multiple exhibition spaces, produced more than 20 annual exhibitions and oversaw dozens of events including the very popular First Friday Films. series for Nacogdoches, Texas and the Gallery Kids tours and workshops for Warrensburg, Missouri. He also worked as assistant to the director of the Sir Elton John Collection and as assistant to the registrar at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
“Hendrix College is an institution I have long admired, and I am honored to be the next director of the Windgate Museum,” said Cutler. “Having worked in higher education for more than 13 years, my commitment to student development and outreach is unwavering. Curating dynamic exhibits, mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, and fostering collaborative relationships both on and off campus are immensely rewarding experiences that I look forward to at Hendrix College.”
A graduate of other Associated Colleges from South Member Institution, Sewanee, Cutler said he understands and appreciates the value of a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that encourages inquiry, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
“My undergraduate experience has shaped my perspective on higher education, and I think that’s why I find producing interdisciplinary exhibitions one of the most rewarding experiences as a gallery director and curator,” said Cutler. “There is both personal and professional satisfaction in attracting a diverse audience of students, faculty and community members and encouraging them to see or think in new ways.”
He will be responsible for the leadership and strategic planning of museum work in collaboration with constituents on and off campus; management and conservation relating to establishment and collection; Cooperation with artists, collectors, galleries, museums and foundations to secure loans for exhibitions; and overseeing the college’s permanent collection, including new acquisitions, collection records, campus-wide loans and returns, and storage.
To learn more about the Windgate Museum of Art, visit www.windgatemuseum.org.
About Hendrix College
Hendrix College, a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. His academic quality and rigor, innovation and value have made Hendrix a fixture in numerous college guides, lists and rankings. Hendrix was founded in 1876 and has been a member of the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.