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6/1/2011 Houston — The College of Brockport, the State University of New York, has awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Anne Wilkes Tucker, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The award was announced by The College of Brockport President John R. Hapstead, on behalf of the S.U.N.Y. Board of Trustees and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

Tucker was unable to attend the Graduate Commencement Ceremony. Tate Shaw, executive director of the Visual Studies Workshop, read her remarks to the audience at the Ceremony on Saturday, May 14. The talk that Tucker prepared is available here:

Tucker was born in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1945. She
received her B.A. in Art history in 1967 from the
Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg,
Virginia; her A.A.S. in Photographic Illustration in
1968 from the Rochester Institute of Technology,
Rochester, New York; and her M.F.A. in Photographic
History in 1972 from the Visual Studies Workshop,
S.U.N.Y., at Buffalo, Rochester, New York. While in
graduate school, she worked at the George Eastman
House in Rochester and at the Gernsheim Collection at
the University of Texas, Austin. From 1970 to ’71, she
was a curatorial intern in the photography department
at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Tucker has been photography curator at the MFAH since 1976. She founded the Photography Department at the museum that now has a collection of over 26,000 photographs. She has curated over 40 exhibitions including retrospectives for Robert Frank, Ray K. Metzker, Brassaļ, George Krause, Louis Faurer and Richard Misrach, as well as surveys on the Czech avant-garde, Allan Chasanoff collection, and the History of Japanese Photography. Most of these exhibitions were accompanied by a publication; she has published many articles and lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. She has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and The Getty Center, and received an Alumnae Achievement award from Randolph Macon Woman's College. In an issue devoted to “America’s Best,” TIME magazine honored Tucker as “America’s Best Curator,” and American Photo Magazine featured her among the “100 Most Important People in Photography.”