Director of Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Hugh M. Davies has served since 1983 as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, museum with dual facilities in La Jolla and downtown San Diego, and an international reputation for its exhibitions, programs, and permanent collection.
In 1998, his directorship was endowed by David C. Copley. Davies has written or contributed to numerous books and exhibition catalogues over the years and is recognized internationally as a scholar in the field of contemporary and modern art.
His professional activities include his appointment as Adjunct Professor, Department of Visual Art, University of California, San Diego; service on the National Endowment for the Art Museum Program Overview Panel; the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions; Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies, 2000 Millennium Committee, the Advisory Council of the Princeton Art Museum, Princeton University; and the Advisory Council of the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton. Since 1984, he has been a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors (representing over 170 of the largest art museums in North America), a Trustee from 1994-2001, and served as President from 1998-1999. Davies received his A.B., Summa Cum Laude, (1970), M.F.A. (1972), and Ph.D. (1976) from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. His dissertation on British painter Francis Bacon was later expanded and published by Garland Press; he also co-authored another volume on Bacon, published by Abbeville Press in 1986, and more recently authored Francis Bacon: The Papal Portraits of 1953. Since the early 1970s, Dr. Davies’ interests have focused on contemporary art. In 1976, he was Guest Director of the U.S. Pavilion at the 37th Venice Biennale in Italy. From 1975 to 1983, he was Founding Director of the University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. There, he served as both curator and director, arranging numerous exhibitions and public sculpture commissions and publishing scholarly catalogues, and was professor in the Art Departments at Amherst College as well as the University of Massachusetts.