Joslyn hires new contemporary curator
April 17th, 2012
Omaha, NE – The Joslyn Art Museum hopes to expand its contemporary art presence, with a new curator at the helm.
The Joslyn has been without a contemporary art curator since November, 2004. But as of June 1st, the museum will have a fresh, young face at the post: Karin Campbell, a 2006 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. Campbell is also a Masterâ€™s graduate from Bard College in New York. She comes to Omaha from the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, where she spent four years as an assistant in the contemporary art department.
â€œKarin is a really wonderfully dynamic and up-and-coming curator,â€ said Jack Becker, executive director and CEO of the Joslyn Art Museum. She â€œhas a great understanding of museums and of contemporary art on a national and an international level,â€ he said, â€œgreat experience organizing exhibitions, thinking about collections, and really brings a â€¦ great energy and sort of broad understanding and national perspective I think on contemporary art to Omaha.â€
Campbell has worked as an independent curator since 2009, and, according to the Joslyn, was the first American curator to work on the annual Espai 13 exhibit in Barcelona. Her new position at the Joslyn is only the second endowed curatorial post at the museum, and Becker said it represents a â€œpermanent commitment to contemporary art.â€
â€œI think that Karin will create a program through exhibitions, through collections and through programming that engages a wide audience about larger national currents in contemporary art, and sort of gives a voice to artists of our time,â€ he said.
Becker said Campbellâ€™s appointment doesnâ€™t represent a new direction for the museum, but will expand on its â€œencyclopedic, comprehensiveâ€ focus on art through the ages.
In a statement, Campbell said she hopes to expand the Joslynâ€™s contemporary holdings, develop â€œdynamic public programmingâ€ and re-imagine its presentation of contemporary art. She said she has â€œlong been captivatedâ€ by the relationship between arts organizations and the cities where theyâ€™re based. She said sheâ€™s excited to come to work in Omaha, â€œa city clearly committed to the arts.â€
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