Art For Your Mind: Museums as Places of Pause and Studyat Crow Collection of Asian Art
As Executive Director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Amy Lewis Hofland leads the preeminent museum dedicated to the works of China, Japan, India, Korea and Southwest Asia in the southern United States. On staff since the Crow Collection’s inception in 1998, Hofland’s footprint can be found throughout the museum’s offerings including recruiting and hiring acclaimed Asian art scholar, author and former Co-Director and Senior Curator of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, Dr. Caron Smith, to serve as full-time curator of the Crow Collection; branding and launching the Crow Collection as the first “wellness museum” in the United States through the museum’s collaboration with best-selling author, speaker & integrative medicine thought-leader Dr. Andrew Weil; and molding the award-winning education programs at the Crow Collection to emphasize collaboration and collective learning. Under her leadership, the Crow Collection implemented two wildly success monthly community-focused programs: AdventureAsia: Family Days at the Crow and Crow Collection After Dark which combined drew over 30,000 people last year to learn about the arts and cultures of Asia.
An art educator at heart, Hofland served as a teacher at Armstrong Elementary School in Highland Park, Texas, before a stint at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a graduate student led her to the museum world. Hofland holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts degree in art education from the University of North Texas, where she was part of the distinguished Marcus Fellow program. In addition to her work at the Crow Collection, Hofland is a noted author, speaker and community leader serving on various board leadership positions in the Dallas-Fort Worth community. Hofland currently lives in Dallas, near White Rock Lake with her husband and two sons.