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museum director emeritus

James Bernard Byrnes, Museum director emeritus. Decorated Knight Order Leopold II, Belgium; recipient Isaac Delgado Memorial award New Orleans Museum of Art, 1988. Member American Society Interior Design (honorary life), American Society Appraisers (senior, international examining board), Appraisers Association American.

Background

Byrnes, James Bernard was born on February 19, 1917 in New York City. Son of Patrick J.A. and Janet E. (Geiger) Byrnes.

Education

Student, National Academy of Design, 1936-1938;student, American Artist School, 1938-1940;student, Art Students League, 1940-1942;student, University Perugia, Italy, 1951;student, Institute Meschini, Rome, 1952.

Career

Art teacher music activity program, New York City Board Education, 1936-1940;industrial designer, Michael Saphier Associates, New York City, 1940-1942;docent, Los Angeles County Museum, 1946-1947;associate curator modern contemporary art, Los Angeles County Museum, 1947-1948;curator, assistant to director, Los Angeles County Museum, 1948-1953;director, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 1954-1955;from associate director to director, North Carolina Museum Art, 1956-1960;director, New Orleans Museum Art, 1961-1971;director emeritus, New Orleans Museum Art, since 1989;director, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California, 1972-1975. Visiting lecturer U. Florida, 1961, Newcomb College, Tulane University, 1963. Art consultant.

Works

Membership

Member American Society Interior Design (honorary life), American Society Appraisers (senior, international examining board), Appraisers Association American.

Connections

Married Barbara A. Cecil, June 10, 1946. 1 son, Ronald L.

father:
Patrick J.A. Byrnes

mother:
Janet E. (Geiger) Byrnes

spouse:
Barbara A. Cecil