Recent projects at New Orleans Museum of Art
Feb 24, 2021
Mel Buchanan, RosaMary Curator /NOMA
Recent projects at New Orleans Museum of Art

Mel Buchanan is the RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts & Design at the New Orleans Museum of Art, in charge of the interpretation, installation, and growth of the museum's wide-ranging decorative arts collection. At NOMA she has curated several original exhibitions including Bror Anders Wikstrom: Bringing Fantasy to Carnival (2017) and Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection (2017). In 2018 she completed the multi-year project to entirely reinstall the decorative arts permanent collection galleries, including 20th-century design for the first time in NOMA's history. A native of Indiana, Buchanan worked at The RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, and as Assistant Curator of 20th-century Design at the Milwaukee Art Museum before moving to New Orleans in 2013. Mel earned a degree in American Studies from Yale University and a masters from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. Mel and her architect husband are raising two small children and a rescue dog in a fixer-upper New Orleans house.