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Alexander Nyerges
-- director of the Dayton Art Institute

  Alex Nyerges (pronounced NAR-jez) was appointed director of the Dayton Art Institute in March 1992, after a six-month search led by then DAI President J. Bradford Tillson.
   Nyerges, whose specialty is 19th century American painting and pre-Hispanic art, replaced Bruce H. Evans, who resigned in 1991.
  Born Feb. 27, 1957, in Rochester, N.Y., Nyerges earned his museum studies and public administration degree at George Washington University. He was executive director of the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Miss. before coming to Dayton.

Additional background:

DOB:Feb. 27, 1957, in Rochester, N.Y.
Family:  Nyerges and his wife, Helena, have a son, Robert, who was threeyears old when Nyerges was appointed to the DAI post in early 1992.
Education: Nyerges received a bachelor's degree in American civilizationand anthropology and a master's degree in museum studies, public administrationand museum science at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
  While at the university he also worked at the Corcoran School of Art.
Career: One of his first jobs was as an archaeological assistant and curatorialintern with the Smithsonian Institution in 1977 and 1978.
  For three years, starting in 1978, Nyerges served as a curatorialintern with the Octagon Museum in Washington.
   From 1981 to 1985 he was executive director of the DeLand Museum of Art in DeLand, Fla.
   He was executive director of the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jacksonbefore accepting the post at DAI.
   Nyerges' specialty is 19th century American painting and pre-Hispanicart.

Selected DDN stories:

DAYTON ART INSTITUTE HIRES NEW DIRECTOR FROM MISSISSIPPI
NYERGES LED MUSEUM TO GROWTH IN ATTENDANCE, ART COLLECTION
By Betty Dietz Krebs DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Published: Saturday, March 14, 1992

NEW CHIEF AT DAI PLANS TO MAKE IT PREMIER SPOT
By Betty Dietz Krebs DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Published: 09/02/92


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Related:   Nyerges' predecessor at DAI was BruceH. Evans, who resigned in 1991 to become director of the Mint Museumin Charlotte, N.C.
  Then DAI President J. Bradford Tillson led a six-month searchcommittee which culminated in Nyerges' appointment in March of 1992.
  John W. Herbert, retired senior vice president of MeadCorp. and a member of the DAI board, served as interim director.

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