Henry T. Hopkins has resigned as director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation to become chairman of the UCLA department of art and director of the university's Wight Art Gallery.
"I'm excited about the move," Hopkins said in a telephone interview, noting that his appointment--effective on July 1--coincides with major changes in the department. "Either by fate or retirement, six faculty slots will be opening, so this is an opportunity to help rebuild the department and rethink its approach to teaching."
At the gallery, Hopkins will succeed Edith A. Tonelli, who recently resigned. In taking over her position as well as chairing the department, Hopkins said his dual role will resemble that of the late Frederick S. Wight, for whom the gallery is named. Hopkins also will teach a new introductory course in art history, theory and criticism. "His joint appointment as an educator and administrator here will serve our students and faculty well, and promises to benefit the art community. We are confident that his presence will provide strong leadership for the visual arts at UCLA and will assure a close relationship between our academic and public programs," Chancellor Charles E. Young said in a prepared statement.
Changes in the gallery program will not be immediately apparent because exhibitions have been planned for the next 18 months, Hopkins said. But he indicated that the program will be reshaped to better serve the campus community--by providing a showcase for visiting artists who work with students, for example.