Curator Kathryn Kanjo to Head San Antonio Art Foundation
San Antonio, TX, November 29, 1999?Kathryn Kanjo, Curator of
Contemporary Art at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon has been appointed director of
ArtPace by Linda Pace, Founder and Trustee. Kanjo will assume her post in mid January.
"Kathryn has a solid sensibility about contemporary art and a million new ideas,"
said Pace, who opened the San Antonio-based residency program in 1995. "She is
destined to not only be an outstanding new leader at ArtPace and in the San Antonio art
community, but an important player in the international art world as well."
Kanjo has held the position of Curator of Contemporary Art at the Portland Art
Museum since 1996. "ArtPace has both a clarity of vision and the potential for
innovation. These two qualities, as well as the stellar staff, make ArtPace immensely
appealing," Kanjo said of her decision to accept the post.
Prior to moving to Portland, Kanjo was Associate Curator at the Museum of
Contemporary Art, San Diego, after holding the position of Branch Manager of the
Whitney Museum of American Art at Equitable Center in New York. Kanjo received her
BA in Art History and English Literature from the University of Redlands, California and
her MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California,
Commitment to Artists
As a curator, Kanjo has organized over thirty exhibitions, including solo shows with a
number of ArtPace fellows. In 1996 she produced a one-person exhibition featuring
Diana Thater (1998 ArtPace fellow) for the Portland Art Museum that traveled to SITE
Santa Fe, The Walker Art Center, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas and the
University Gallery at U-Mass Amherst. At MCA San Diego, she curated one-person
exhibitions with Nancy Rubins (1997 ArtPace fellow) and Leonardo Drew (1995 ArtPace
"Kathryn's involvement with ArtPace fellows and other residency programs
demonstrates her commitment to supporting the process of making art," said Pace. "This
experience will dovetail perfectly into her new role carrying out the mission of ArtPace."
At MCA San Diego, Kanjo organized a range of group shows, including Sleeper:
Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Guillermo Kuitca, Doris Salcedo and Breakdown:
Michael Joaquin Grey, Robert Levine, Rita McBride, Jorge Pardo. In addition, she
coordinated inSITE 94 and La Frontera/The Border: Art About the Mexico/United States
Border Experience (which included work by 1995 ArtPace fellow David Avalos). For the
Whitney, she curated Songs of Innocence/Songs of Experience, featuring Meg Cranston,
Mike Kelley, Collier Schorr, Jim Shaw, Gary Simmons and Alexis Smith.
"Directing ArtPace will allow me to maximize my commitment to the international
art community in a vital and meaningful way," says Kanjo. "In five short years, ArtPace
has forged its identity as an organization that is uniquely responsive to artists' needs.
Through its tripartite residency program, of international, national and Texas-based art,
ArtPace supports the creation of individual artworks while fostering a broader creative
exchange. Few organizations can work with the immediacy and impact of ArtPace."
Diana Thater, (1998 ArtPace fellow) remarked, "I've worked on exhibitions with
many curators and found my ongoing experiences with Kathryn to be exceptional. Her
professionalism and sensitivity to the creative process will further enhance ArtPace's
dynamic residency program."
"Kathryn is a rare combination of a curator and an ambassador. She possesses
tremendous communication skills for working with a wide range of constituencies:
artists, audiences, and donors." said Hugh Davies, Director of the Museum of
Contemporary Art, San Diego. "Her generous, outgoing personality will be a great asset
to ArtPace and San Antonio."
Kanjo will assume her new post in January 2000, when she moves to San Antonio with
her husband, artist David Jurist, and their daughter, Virginia.
Laurence Miller stepped down as Director of ArtPace in April 1999, assuming the
title Director Emeritus in recognition of his vital role in the organization's conception
and founding. He will continue to be involved with the Foundation as a consultant on
The search was conducted by Jennifer Wells of the executive search firm Heidrick &
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nurture emerging and established artists and to provide opportunities for inspiration,
experimentation and education. Through our International Artist-in-Residence Program,
we invite 12 artists annually to participate in a 2-month residency which supports the
evolution of new ideas in art. Our broad range of symposia, lectures, artist talks and
studio visits cultivates diverse audiences for contemporary art and provides a forum for
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