New Aquinas College professor to serve as curator at Meijer Gardens

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Jochen Wierich

Aquinas College has selected Dr. Jochen Wierich as the Lena E. S. Meijer Professor in Art History. By separate appointment, Dr. Wierich will serve as the curator of sculpture and sculpture exhibitions for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Dr. Wierich most recently served as senior lecturer of art history at Vanderbilt University. Prior to that he held teaching positions at Whitman College, Free University in Berlin and Belmont University. In addition to teaching and publishing, Dr. Wierich’s research interests include the historiography of American art, museum studies, art of the American West and American South, and ethnography in art.

He has a master’s degree in American Studies from Goethe University of Frankfurt and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Dr. Wierich’s appointment at Aquinas begins August 15. He will begin teaching courses in art history in the spring semester.

In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Wierich has published two books and numerous essays. His extensive museum and curatorial experience at institutions across the country includes Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Washington.

Joseph Becherer, who previously held the position, was named director of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame last fall.