Gail Stavitsky, chief curator of the Montclair Art Museum (MAM), has been selected to receive the 2015 John Cotton Dana Award from the New Jersey Association of Museums.
Stavitsky is being honored for advancing the service of museums to the region, for demonstrating visionary and innovative leadership, and for epitomizing the highest standards of professional commitment as exemplified by museum pioneer John Cotton Dana (1856–1929). The award will be presented at the NJAM Annual Meeting at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture on June 1.
Stavitsky has served as curator for the Montclair Art Museum for the past 21 years, setting the course of MAM’s curatorial vision for one fifth of the Museum’s 101- year history. She has organized many outstanding exhibitions, including Precisionism in America 1915-1941: Reordering Reality (1994), Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America (1999), Cézanne and American Modernism (2009), and The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913 (2013). She has also served as primary author on numerous scholarly catalogs including Will Barnet: A Timeless World (2000) and Warhol and Cars: American Icons (2011), contributed to many additional publications such as Robert Smithson’s New Jersey (2014), and is a respected lecturer. Recognized as a scholar of American modernism, Dr. Stavitsky has made major cultural contributions to the state of New Jersey.