Brett Abbott serves as the Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, where he provides leadership for the museum’s curatorial, conservation, registration, archives, exhibition, and publication programs. A specialist in American photography of the 20th and 21st centuries, he has organized more than thirty exhibitions and contributed to more than a dozen publications in the field. He came to the Carter having served in curatorial roles at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
His honors include the 2012 Ansel Adams Fellowship from the Center for Creative Photography for his research on Wynn Bullock, the 2010 Lucie Award for Curator of the Year for the exhibition Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties and the 2007 Lucie Award for Curator of the Year for his work on Edward Weston. Abbott is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders. He earned his Master of Arts from Williams College and his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University.