Daniel Kurt Ackermann is Chief Curator and Director of Collections, Research, and Archaeology at Old Salem Museums & Gardens and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). He also directs The MESDA Summer Institute, a graduate-level program partnership between the museum and the University of Virginia. Daniel has curated a wide range of exhibits at the museum including “Black and White all Mix’d Together”: The Hidden Legacy of Enslaved Craftsmen and Our Spirited Ancestors: The Decorative Art of Drink. As curator of MESDA Daniel has also managed the renovation and reinstallation of the Museum’s study galleries and oversaw the addition of two new self-guided galleries. He serves as the American secretary for the Regional Furniture Society of Great Britain.
Daniel began his career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where he was the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Curatorial Intern in American Decorative Arts. He holds a degrees from the College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, and a PhD in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.