After 25 years at the Hood Museum of Art, Deputy Director Juliette Bianco ’94 has been named director of the Weatherspoon Art Museum and adjunct faculty in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, beginning Sept. 1.
“I have been honored to contribute to Dartmouth and the Hood’s ever-growing vibrancy around the impact of the arts on the lives of our students and community,” Bianco says. “I will carry that spirit with me to my new role.”
Bianco has served in various leadership capacities at the Hood, including as deputy director since 2013. In addition to managing exhibition planning and design, leading strategic planning, and overseeing museum operations, she helped guide the Hood through its recent $50 million renovation, expansion, and reopening in Jan. 2019.
“Juliette is a rising star in the field, and our museum has been honored to have the benefit of her insight and skill for a long time,” says John Stomberg, the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood. “Both Dartmouth and the Hood congratulate her and the Weatherspoon on an excellent appointment.”
Bianco’s scholarly interests focus on transformational leadership in higher education, and on university museums as centers of innovative teaching and learning and hubs for exploring diversity, creative partnerships, and the benefits of strategic planning.
In addition to curating and co-curating numerous exhibitions, including those of artists Wenda Gu, Stacey Steers, and Edward Burtynsky, Bianco has published articles on art and museum practice in Gulf Coast magazine and A Handbook for Academic Museums: Exhibitions and Education.
At the Hood, Bianco helped increase the museum’s visibility on campus, regionally, and nationally. Recent major exhibitions she has shepherded include “The Women of Shin Hanga: The Judith and Joseph Barker Collection of Japanese Prints,” curated by Associate Professor of Art History Allen Hockley in 2013, and “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties,” on loan from the Brooklyn Museum in 2015.
From the latter exhibition, she acquired for the Hood its signature work, the 1968 Benny Andrews collage titled Witness.
Bianco also coordinated the Hood’s 2009 American Alliance of Museums reaccreditation and numerous grants over the years.
Bianco majored in art history at Dartmouth and went on to earn a master’s degree in the field from the University of Chicago. She is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s residence program for museum administrators, and completed her EdD at Northeastern University in 2020.