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Mark A. Roglán

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

Mark RoglanMark A. Roglán is the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. He has been director of the Museum since January 2006.

Roglán joined the Meadows Museum as interim curator and adjunct assistant professor of art history in October 2001. He became curator of collections in January 2002, and senior curator in June 2004. He also serves as a faculty member in the Division of Art History at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts. 

Under  his leadership the museum has increased its attendance; has developed a major program of international exhibitions; has created meaningful fellowships; produced insightful publications; constructed a new sculpture garden and outside spaces; made major acquisitions; formed new ways of educating and connecting with art for impaired people; as well as established strategic alliances with major museums, most importantly with the Museo Nacional del Prado.

Before coming to the Meadows Museum, Roglán worked as a curatorial fellow and a research associate in the 19th-century painting and sculpture department of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Spain. Prior to his tenure at the Prado, Dr. Roglán served as a drawings department assistant with the Fogg Museum at Harvard University. Roglán received master's degrees in both world history and art history and a doctorate in 19th- and 20th-century art from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In 2013 he obtained an MBA from the Cox Business School at SMU. 

Roglán has contributed to many publications in the areas of 19th- and 20th-century Spanish art, has given many national and international lectures, and has curated important exhibitions. He has many distinctions and awards, including being knighted with the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, knighthood sanctioned by King Juan Carlos I for his contributions to Spanish art.