Sidney R. Knafel, chairman of the Addison Board of Governors who led the search panel, said Dolkart “stood out among an exceptional group of candidates from across the country.”
“She will bring a global perspective to the Addison’s renowned collection of American art and will lead the Addison to an enhanced international position both as an art museum and as an educational site for Phillips Academy,” said Knafel, a 1948 graduate of Phillips.
An expert on the art and culture of 19th century France, Dolkart previously served as associate curator of European art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, which she joined in 2000 as assistant curator. She is a published scholar and has worked as a lecturer at the college and university level.
The Phillips Exeter graduate received her Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts in 1993 from Harvard-Radcliffe College in Cambridge. In 1997, she earned her Master of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dolkart replaces Allen, who left Addison late last year to become museum director and vice president of the New York Historical Society. Allen is credited with leading the implementation of the Addison’s most recent strategic plan, which included a multi-million-dollar building renovation and expansion featuring a new Museum Learning Center.