Professor Tucker has taught art history at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 1978. He earned his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D from Yale University. He has been honored with many awards and grants, including the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship (UMass Boston); the Yale Press Governor’s Award for the best book published by an author under 40; and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Florence Gould Arts Foundation.
In addition to his many publications, including eleven books, Professor Tucker has served as guest curator for more than half a dozen major exhibitions, including Claude Monet. Late Work (Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2010); Double Take. From Monet to Lichtenstein. Selections from the Paul G. Allen Collection (Experience Music Project, Seattle, 2005); Renoir. From Outsider to Old Master. 1870-1892 (Bridgestone Museum & Nagoya City Art Museum, 2001); The Impressionists at Argenteuil (National Gallery, Washington and the Wadsworth Atheneum, 2000); Monet in the 20th Century (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Royal Academy of Arts London, 1998-99); Monet. A Retrospective (Bridgestone Museum, Nagoya City Art Museum, and Hiroshima Museum, 1994-95); and Monet in the ‘90s. The Series Paintings (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Art Institute of Chicago, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, London, 1990).
Professor Tucker has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Charlie Rose Show, Good Morning America, The McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, BBC Arts, and Arts and Entertainment.
A National Historic Landmark and an Official Project of Save America's Treasures, Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, is a stop on the Connecticut Art Trail and a member of Connecticut’