Amanda Dotseth

Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of Arts

Photograph of Amanda W. Dotseth by Tamytha Cameron

Photo by Tamytha Cameron

Dr. Amanda W. Dotseth is an expert on the art of Spain specializing in medieval art and architecture, collecting history, historiography, and material culture. She has curated and contributed to a number of exhibitions at the Meadows Museum, including Fernando Gallego and His Workshop: The Altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo, Zurbarán: Jacob and His Twelve Sons, El Greco, Goya, and a Taste for Spain: Highlights from The Bowes Museum, Canvas & Silk: Historic Fashion from Madrid’s Museo del Traje, and Murillo: Picturing the Prodigal Son. Upcoming projects include Spanish Light: Sorolla in American Collections and a number of forthcoming projects treating everything from contemporary art to drawings and the art of medieval pilgrimage. A devoted admirer of Spain from a young age, Dotseth is an active member of scholarly and cultural communities there and publishes on a wide range of topics related to Spanish art and history. She is currently working on an edited volume to be published by Brepols called Collective Display: Medieval Art out of Isolation (forthcoming in 2024), with the support of The Mellon Foundation, and has contributed to a number of international research projects.

Prior to accepting the curatorship at the Meadows in 2018, Dotseth earned a BA from the University of Arizona, an MA from SMU, and completed her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London) on Romanesque architecture in 2015. She served as the Assistant Curator of the Meadows Museum between 2006 and 2009 and has held fellowships and grants from the Fulbright Association, Kress Foundation, British Archaeological Society, The Mellon Foundation/Museo Nacional del Prado, and the Spanish National Research Council. She became a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2020. In addition to her activity among professional societies, at conferences, or through invited lectures, she is an active participant within multidisciplinary research projects including the ERC-funded project “Reassessing the Roles of Women as ‘Makers’ or Medieval Art and Architecture” (PI Therese Martin). She recently contributed toCollecting Spain: Collecting Spanish Decorative Arts in Britain and Spain (edited by Ana Cabrera Lafuente and Lesley E. Miller), is an associated scholar in the project “The Medieval Iberian Treasury in Context: Collections, Connections, and Representations on the Peninsula and Beyond,” funded by a Spanish National Grant (PI Therese Martin), and a short-term collaborator on the ERC-funded project “Petrifying Wealth. The Southern European Shift to Masonry as Collective Investment in Identity, c.1050-1300” (PI Ana Rodríguez).

Meadows Museum Advisory Council

Susan Heldt Albritton

Claire Barry

Dolores G. Barzune

Stuart M. Bumpas

José Luis Colomer

Linda P. Custard (Chair)

Linda Perryman Evans

Pilar Tabarnero Henry

Secundino Hernández

Gwen S. Irwin

Gene C. Jones

The Honorable Janet P. Kafka- Honorary Council of Spain in Dallas

Geroge C. Lancaster

Karen Levy

Stacey McCord

Linda B. McFarland

Barbara W. McKenzie

Peter M. Miller

Jenny Ferguson Mullen

Caren H. Prothro

Peggy H. Sewell

Eliza Solender

Catherine B. Taylor

Michael L. Thomas

George E. Tobolowsky

Gail O. Turner

Kevin E. Vogel

Gregory Warden

Laura Wilson

Ex officio

R. Gerald Turner, President, SMU

Brad E. Cheves, Vice President for Development and External Affairs, SMU

Samuel S. Holland, Dean, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU

Amanda W. Dotseth, Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts, SMU

P. Gregory Warden, Mark A. Roglán Director of the Custard Institute for Spanish Art & Culture, Meadows Museum, SMU