Preston McLane is the Director of the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to coming to Florida State, he lived in Moscow, Russia, where he received his MA from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a thesis on the emergence of synthetic realism in early Soviet easel painting. In addition to his academic pursuits, Preston has worked for more than a decade as an attorney, both in private practice and in government, focusing on environmental law and regulatory issues. Preston previously served as a curatorial fellow at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Appleton Museum of Art, and the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
BA – University of Florida
MA – Moscow Lomonosov State University
PhD – Florida State University
JD – Florida State University
Art & Cultural Heritage Law & Policy, Museum Studies, Russian & Soviet Art, Communication for Arts & Design
Preston’s research interests include museum law and ethics and the application of property theory to cultural resources and heritage sites; fictitiousness and picaresque forms in early modern and contemporary art; and nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian and Soviet art.
Preston’s curatorial work has been supported by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA), and his research has been published by the Forum for Modern Language Studies, LexisNexis, and the Florida Bar Association.