Julie Decker selected as new CEO of Anchorage Museum

ANCHORAGE — The Anchorage Museum Association’s Board of Directors has named Julie Decker as director of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.


Decker, former Anchorage Museum chief curator, replaces James Pepper Henry, who took a director position at Phoenix’s Heard Museum in August. Decker served as interim director following Pepper Henry’s departure.

Decker will serve as both chief executive officer of the nonprofit AMA and director of the city-owned museum.

Before joining the museum as chief curator in 2011, Decker curated numerous major exhibitions at the Anchorage Museum, including “Andy Warhol: Manufactured,” “Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age,” “John Hoover: Art and Life” and an annual series of exhibitions in the museum’s former children’s gallery. She was a member of the committee that oversaw the museum expansion and after joining the museum staff, curated the major exhibitions “Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation,” “True North: Contemporary Art of the Circumpolar North” and “This is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists,” which debuted at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles.

Decker envisioned the museum’s Northern Initiative, which combines exhibitions, scholarship, public programming and community outreach to explore the current and future state of the North through culture, community and the environment.

She previously owned and ran Decker/Morris Gallery in Anchorage and was an instructor for the University of Alaska.

She holds a Ph.D. in contemporary art history, criticism and management from Union Institute and University and a master’s degree in arts administration from Golden Gate University. Her work as an artist has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions throughout Alaska and is in the Anchorage Museum collection.

For more information, visit anchoragemuseum.org.


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