Stuart Horodner Named Director of Art Museum at UK
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2014) ― Stuart Horodner has been selected as the next director of the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky.
Horodner is artistic director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. He has held positions as visual arts curator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Ore.; director of the Bucknell University Art Gallery, Lewisburg, Pa., and was co-owner of the Horodner Romley Gallery, New York. He has taught classes at Bucknell University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University and the University of Victoria, in British Columbia.
Horodner founded and co-directed the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, an intimate art fair in Portland, Ore., and has organized and participated in symposia and educational initiatives at The Armory Show, College Art Association, Concordia University, Kansas City Art Institute, New York University, Rhode Island School of Art and Design, UK, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, among others. He has served on a number of review panels and nominating juries and as advisor to organizations including Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, Creative Capital, Hallie Ford Family Foundation and The MacDowell Colony.
His writing has appeared in periodicals including Art Issues, Art Lies, Art on Paper, Bomb, Dazed & Confused, Sculpture and Surface. Horodner's book, "The Art Life: On Creativity and Career," was published in 2012, and addresses the philosophical and practical issues that affect art-making and the marketplace.
Horodner received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union, New York, N.Y., and his Master of Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
"I am delighted that Stuart has been chosen as the new director of the art museum," said Dean Michael Tick, of the UK College of Fine Arts. "I know he is the right person at the right time for the right museum. The growth at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, both artistically and in community-driven projects, assures me that the museum has an exciting and bright future. I also know how personable Stuart is. I am confident that the Lexington community will embrace this talented art administrator and curatorial thinker. I am looking forward to working with him to help move the museum forward."
Horodner will begin his tenure July 9, 2014. He succeeds Kathy Walsh-Piper, who retired in August 2013 after more than a decade of service to the university. Amy Nelson Young, director of grants and community assets for the museum, has served as interim director.
"During the past 20 years, I have held a range of commercial, academic, curatorial, and critical positions," Horodner said. "They have each allowed me to empower artists and audiences, and experiment with forms of display and interactivity. The museum director position at the University of Kentucky is an exciting opportunity for me to oversee exhibition strategies and collection-building, and work with various staff and stakeholders to deliver ambitious educational programs and collaborative endeavors. I’m excited about the museum’s role on the campus, in the Lexington community, and beyond."
Tick and Mary John O’Hair, dean of the UK College of Education, co-chaired the search committee for the museum director. In addition to meeting with the committee, the finalists for the position addressed the community during public forums.
The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.
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