Courtney J. Martin, deputy director and chief curator of the Dia Art Foundation, has been named the next director of the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Martin will succeed Amy Meyers, who is retiring in June after a 17-year tenure at the museum at Yale University.
Martin joined Dia in 2015 as adjunct curator for an exhibition focused on Robert Ryman. As deputy director and chief curator, she has overseen acquisitions, exhibitions, programs, research, and publications for the foundation. She has also worked in the media, arts, and culture unit of the Ford Foundation, and has taught at Vanderbilt University and Brown University.
She earned her Ph.D. in the history of art from Yale in 2009, and her dissertation, which examined British art and artists in the 1970s, will be published as a book. As a graduate student at the university, she contributed to the Yale Center for British Art’s exhibition “Art and Emancipation in Jamaica.”
Martin said in a statement, “I am so pleased to be returning to the YCBA and to New Haven. Amy Meyers has expertly stewarded the collection for nearly 20 years. I look forward to further developing the many engaging exhibitions, publications, and programs that have earned the center its international acclaim.”
Peter Salovey, president of the YCBA, added, “With her love of Yale and extensive experience in teaching, research, and leading projects at museums, Courtney is committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities for our students, scholarly material for our faculty, and enriching experiences for the thousands of visitors who enjoy the YCBA every year.”