As the Art Curator at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Courtney K. Crothers has been able to merge her passion for the arts with her interest in health and wellness. In this role, she is responsible for identifying and recommending art for new clinical, research, and educational buildings and renovated spaces and managing a collection of more than 5,000 pieces of art, as well as developing arts programming to enhance the UT Southwestern environment.
Prior to coming to UT Southwestern, Ms. Crothers served as Director of Fine Art Administration at Heritage Auctions, where she led the inaugural auction of Pre-Columbian and Native American Art, held in New York City, and later helped launch an additional seven categories for the Fine & Decorative Arts department. In her role, she directed the marketing plans and catalogue production for more than 20 auctions per year and helped steer the strategic plan for the department.
During the summer of 2016, Ms. Crothers served as a panelist during “The Art of Examination,” a forum at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, hosted in partnership with the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas. The forum brought together for the first time museum and medical school professionals from across the country who host art and health courses as part of their medical school curriculum.
Ms. Crothers received her B.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and began her career in the arts at Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art gallery in Dallas. From there, she served as Operations Manager at the Meadows Museum on the SMU campus, where she was responsible for marketing multiple fine art exhibitions each year, producing books with scholarly surveys of the exhibition, and overseeing the renovation of museum facilities to include an expanded gift shop and additional educational and exhibition space. Ms. Crothers currently serves on the board of the North Texas Business Council for the Arts, a non-profit that stimulates businesses and municipalities to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community. As board member, Ms. Crothers co-chairs BCA’s Arts + Health Program, which she has expanded from a single annual event to a series of webinars that explore innovative topics at the intersection of the arts/design and medicine/science.