Douglas Druick is the former President and Director of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to this position, Druick led two of the eleven curatorial departments at the museum as the Searle Curator and Chair of the Department of Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture as well as the Prince Trust Curator and Chair of the Department of Prints and Drawings.
Druick was educated at McGill University in Montreal; the University of Toronto; Oberlin College; and Yale University, where he received his Ph.D. in art history in 1979. After serving as the Curator of European and American Prints at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Druick joined the Art Institute in 1984.
Druick is a leading scholar and curator in the field of nineteenth-century art, having organized or contributed to some of the most significant exhibitions in this area: Degas (1988); Odilon Redon: Prince of Dreams, 1840–1916 (1994); Gustave Caillebotte: Urban Impressionist (1994); Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South (2001); Manet and the Sea (2003); Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte (2004);Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre (2005); Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde(2006); and, in contemporary art, Jasper Johns: Gray (2007). Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte,Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, and Jasper Johns: Gray were all named “outstanding exhibitions” by the Association of Art Museum Curators, and Jasper Johns: Gray was also named “Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally” by the American section of the International Art Critics Association. His current projects include a scholarly catalogue on the works by Paul Gauguin in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago.