Marshall Price has been appointed to the newly created position of curator of modern and contemporary art at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art, museum director Sarah Schroth announced Monday.Price comes to the museum from New York, where he has been curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Academy Museum for the past 11 years. At the Nasher Museum, Price will organize new exhibitions and programs and take a leading role with Duke faculty and students on special projects. He will begin his position as Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in March."Marshall brings tremendous experience to the Nasher Museum as an art historian and museum professional," said Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. "He brought international attention to the National Academy Museum, infusing that venerable, 200-year-old institution with new art and programs. He perfectly complements the expertise of our curators with his background in American modernism as well as international contemporary art."Price made a name for himself in the art world through his leading role at the National Academy Museum. He was instrumental in organizing a regular schedule of contemporary exhibitions, acquiring several hundred works of art and updating the National Academicians with the annual induction of some of the world’s best-known contemporary artists. He also created the Windows on Fifth series, which enlivened the museum's Fifth Avenue façade by engaging pedestrians through digital and animation work by Julian Opie, Adam Chapman and Jennifer Steinkamp. His Sculpture in the Rotunda series began in 2011 with a large work by John Chamberlain. He has edited many catalogues and publications to accompany exhibitions, including "The Sight of Silence: John Cage's Complete Watercolors" (2012) and "Jeffrey Gibson: Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel" (2013)."I have watched the Nasher Museum grow over the last nine years to become one of the country's premier mid-size museums," Price said. "I am thrilled to be part of the museum's next decade -- building the permanent collection, organizing exhibitions that travel the world, publishing original catalogues and working with Duke's outstanding faculty and students."Price earned his Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 2011, specializing in American modernism. He earned a master's degree in art history from Pennsylvania State University. Before arriving in New York, he held an assistant curator position at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in California. _ _ _ _ The Nasher Museum of Art, at 2001 Campus Drive at Anderson Street on the Duke campus, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and members of the Duke Alumni Association with I.D. card, $3 for non-Duke students with identification and free for children 15 and younger. Admission is free to all on Thursday nights. Admission is free to Duke students, faculty and staff with a Duke ID. Admission is also free to Nasher Museum members.