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San Antonio Museum of Art Appoints Dr. Marion Oettinger, Jr. as Interim Director

 

The San Antonio Museum of Art recently announced that Dr. Marion Oettinger, Jr., was appointed Interim Director effective August 1, 2004. Oettinger brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position.

Oettinger's tenure with the San Antonio Museum of Art began in 1985, as Curator of Folk Art and Latin American Art for the San Antonio Museum Association, through l993. Since 1994, Oettinger has served as Senior Curator and Curator of Latin American Art for the San Antonio Museum of Art, as well as Project Director for the installation of the 30,000 sq. ft. Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art from 1996 to 1998.

Oettinger has lived and worked in various parts of Latin America and Spain for more than 25 years and has conducted research among groups in Mexico, Central and South America, Spain and countries of the Caribbean. In addition, Oettinger is currently Project Director and co-Curator for a groundbreaking exhibition, Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits, scheduled to open in New York in December of 2004 and at the San Antonio Museum of Art in February of 2006. (right: Dr. Marion Oettinger, Jr. Photo courtesy of San Antonio Museum of Art)

As the author of numerous books and articles, Oettinger has lectured widely across the United States, Europe and Latin America. He has taught at Cornell University, Occidental College, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has been a recipient of research grants from the National Geographic Society, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation. In 1979, he was awarded a senior research fellowship by the Fulbright program, and, in 1992, he received an Imagineering Award from the Mind Science Foundation.

Oettinger received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of the Americas, Mexico, and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also studied at the Monterrey Institute of Foreign Studies, Monterrey, California, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a member of the American Association of Museums and the College Arts Association.

 

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