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Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán Receives Knighthood Sanctioned by King of Spain

Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica Is the Highest Award the King Can Bestow

Mark Roglán, director of the Meadows Museum at SMU, will receive the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica knighthood sanctioned by King Juan Carlos I. This honor recognizes individuals who demonstrate extraordinary civil character and accomplishments that have benefited Spain. It is the highest award the King can bestow.

The decoration medal will be presented to Roglán by His Excellency the Ambassador of Spain, Jorge Dezcallar, at a ceremony held at the Meadows Museum on Friday, March 5, at 5 p.m., prior to the black-tie inauguration of the Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment: Charles IV of Spain, Patron and Collector exhibit.

At the Meadows Museum, Roglán has initiated and curated such important exhibitions as Goya’s Mastery in Prints, Fortuny to Picasso and Fernando Gallego and His Workshop. He has also collaborated with national and international institutions on significant scholarly exhibitions and projects such as Balenciaga and His Legacy; From Manet to Miró: Modern Drawings from the Abelló Collection; Weaving the Legend of Don Quijote: 18th Century Tapestries for the Royal Court of Spain and Diego Rivera: The Cubist Portraits, 1913-1917.

In addition to the numerous exhibitions of Spanish art he has overseen for the Meadows Museum, Roglán has also been actively involved in programs that have furthered the relationship between Dallas and Spain. Among his accomplishments, he has:

  • Been instrumental in creating a collaboration agreement between Dallas and Valencia, Spain, with SMU as a cornerstone institution;
  • Established a successful education program which has brought thousands of schoolchildren from the DISD and other regional districts to the SMU campus and the Meadows Museum;
  • Hosted visiting dignitaries from Spain and directors from such prestigious institutions as the Patrimonio Nacional, the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the National Archeological Museum of Spain;
  • Served as Cultural Chair of the Trade Mission celebrating American Airlines’ inaugural flight to Madrid from DFW last May; and
  • Personally led numerous trips to Spain for groups of Dallasites, on behalf of the Museum, and introduced them to the country’s treasures.

Roglán, who is also an adjunct associate professor in the Division of Art History at SMU, joins fellow SMU professor David Weber, who received the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica in 2003.

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