Jason Busch in 2010.
Jason Busch will join the Saint Louis Art Museum in Saint Louis, Missouri, as deputy director in October. He will oversee the curatorial, exhibitions and collections, and education and public programs divisions. Busch, who turned 39 in July, is currently chief curator and the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, where he curates the decorative arts and design collections and oversees the curatorial, conservation, registration, and art preparation and installation departments.
Busch said he is honored to join the Saint Louis Art Museum at a transformative moment with the recent opening of the East Building, designed by Sir David Chipperfield, which expands and improves visitor amenities and increases public space by about 30%. Busch said he is looking forward to working with a first-rate collection and a talented staff and learning from director Brent R. Benjamin, who has guided the expansion and reinstallation of the museum. “Brent Benjamin is so beloved in Saint Louis, they named a gallery in the museum after him,” said Busch. “It is a perfect next chapter for me. I have loved working at the Carnegie, and I am grateful for the opportunities it afforded me.”
Fittingly, Busch will work at a campus that includes the Cass Gilbert-designed main building, originally built as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis. Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939, the exhibition Busch curated with Catherine Futter of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, was in New Orleans this summer and opens at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 22.
Prior to joining the Carnegie Museum of Art, Busch was associate curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where he helped oversee architecture, design, and decorative arts. He also served as assistant curator of American decorative arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut.
While in Minneapolis, he organized Currents of Change: Art and Life along the Mississippi River, 1850-1861. “This will be the third time I have lived on the Mississippi,” said Busch. “I lived in Natchez while researching my Winterthur thesis, and Minneapolis is on the Mississippi.”
In addition to his graduate degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware, Busch recently completed the fellowship program at the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York City.
Admission to the Saint Louis Art Museum is free to all every day. (Admission to featured exhibitions is free on Friday.) Since 1909 the museum has been supported by property taxes in the city and the surrounding counties.
Originally published in the September 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest