Dr. Agustin Arteaga
The Eugene McDermott Director
Dallas Museum of Art
Dr. Agustín Arteaga is the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. Arteaga joined the DMA in September 2016. Under his leadership, the DMA has achieved its highest attendance in a decade and the second highest in the Museum’s history. The Museum welcomed over 875,000 visitors in 2019. Throughout the year, the DMA also had 203,750 patrons participate in one of the 5,121 free or low-cost educational programs offered. Special exhibitions during Arteaga’s tenure include acclaimed presentations of Dior: From Paris to the World; Jonas Wood; Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist; and México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco and the Avant-Garde.
Arteaga previously served as director at the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) in Mexico City, where he oversaw the development of a five-year exhibition program, including the organization of an ambitious series of major international exhibitions. Prior to his tenure at MUNAL, Arteaga was the director of the Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) in Puerto Rico and the founding director of the contemporary art museum Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) Fundación Costantini in Argentina. Arteaga has organized more than 100 exhibitions over the course of his career and has received several international awards. In 1998 he was knighted “Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters” in the French Republic, and in 2013 he received the Ohtli Award from the government of Mexico, which is the highest honor bestowed to Mexican citizens for support of Mexican culture abroad.
Born in Mexico City, Arteaga received an MA (1999) and PhD (2006) from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and a BS in architecture (1980) from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, both in Mexico City.