October 8, 2021

SMU mourns the loss of Mark A. Roglán, renowned director of the University’s Meadows Museum, to cancer October 5. His death at the age of 50 comes on the heels of the recent 20th anniversary of his leadership of the institution, the foremost center in the United States for exhibition, research and education in the arts and culture of Spain.

A public memorial service is pending.

“Under Mark Roglán’s dynamic leadership, the Meadows Museum has become one of SMU’s brightest beacons,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Through his unflagging devotion, energy and intellect, Mark built a prestigious museum and collection that brings great honor to the vision of its founder, Algur Meadows. Mark leaves behind a profound legacy.”

The museum tripled attendance, developed a major program of international exhibitions and made major acquisitions nearly doubling the permanent collection of Spanish art under his guidance. His tenure at the helm of the museum was marked by major institutional milestones: the construction of a new sculpture garden and outdoor spaces, the prolific publication of insightful research, the creation of meaningful fellowships and accessible educational programs. His leadership was characterized by the formation of strategic alliances with many of the world’s most prestigious arts organizations–including national museums in the US, UK, a number of European countries, and especially Spain.

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