AD&A Museum Director Gabriel Ritter in the UCSB Current: New Direction

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(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — After a pandemic-induced closure of more than a year-and-a-half, during which exhibitions appeared solely online, UC Santa Barbara’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum has reopened its galleries to the public with three shows, a schedule of events — and a new director.

Gabriel Ritter, an expert in Japanese modern and contemporary art and in museum studies, joins the campus from the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). At UC Santa Barbara he will both head the AD&A Museum and teach as a new faculty member in the Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA).

“We are pleased to welcome Gabriel Ritter to UC Santa Barbara to lead our Art, Design & Architecture Museum into the future as our new director,” said Chancellor Henry T. Yang. “With his robust experience at top art institutions, he has the expertise and vision to grow and diversify our permanent collections and help our campus and local community discover important works through gallery exhibitions. In his additional faculty role within our Department of History of Art and Architecture, Dr. Ritter will significantly contribute to our academic programs in art history and museum studies and enrich the education of our students.”

Shelly Leachman
(805) 893-8726

Andrea Estrada
(805) 893-4620