Art Counsel, Lucas Museum of Narratives
Don Bacigalupi is a visionary leader in the development and creation of major art collections and museums in the United States. With more than 25 years of experience in innovative museum management, collection and exhibition development and inspired educational programming, Bacigalupi has created pioneering institutions in the collection, presentation and exploration of art. Most recently, Bacigalupi served as the Founding President for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, now under construction in Los Angeles. Previously he was President and Executive Director of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where he led all aspects of the museum’s planning, development and construction leading to its opening in 2011. Earlier, Bacigalupi served as President, Director and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art, where he oversaw the construction and opening of its world-renowned Glass Pavilion. He previously served as the Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Art and the Blaffer Museum of Art. Bacigalupi earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Association of Art Museum Directors and the National Committee of the International Council of Museums. A respected scholar and seasoned lecturer both domestically and abroad, he has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards and was a 1996 fellow at the Getty Trust.