New Orleans Museum of Art

New Orleans, LA



E. John Bullard's Service to the New Orleans Museum of Art


E. John Bullard was born in 1942 in Los Angeles, California. He attended UCLA, where he earned his bachelor of arts (1965) and master of arts (1968) in art history. (left: E. John Bullard, NOMA Director. Photo courtesy of NOMA)

Bullard began his museum career as an assistant curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California. In 1967, he was awarded the prestigious Samuel H. Kress Foundation fellowship to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In 1968, he joined the permanent staff of the National Gallery, serving as the first assistant curator of American art, and later, as assistant to the director. In April 1973, Bullard assumed directorship of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

During his tenure, Bullard was responsible for elevating NOMA's stature by presenting such major international exhibitions as The Treasures of Tutankhamun, Gold of El Dorado, The Search for Alexander, Monet: Late Paintings of Giverny from the Musée Marmottan and Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America.

Bullard has served as a member of the Museum Advisory Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts (1974-77), a trustee and treasurer of the Association of Art Museum Directors (1977-78), and a trustee of the American Association of Museums (1996-98). In New Orleans, he is an active volunteer for other organizations and has served on the boards of the Louisiana SPCA, the New Orleans Opera Associate, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and Tulane University College.

In 1979, Bullard received the Egyptian government's Order of the Republic for the presentation of the Treasures of Tutankhamun in New Orleans. In 1987, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Loyola University New Orleans. He also received the Mayor Of New Orleans Art Award in 1993. The Republic of France made Bullard Chevalier in the French Order of Arts et Lettres in 1995 for contributions to French culture.

Bullard's articles have appeared in numerous magazines including American Artist, Smithsonian Magazine, Southwest Art and Antiques. He is the author of several exhibition catalogues and books on Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt.

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