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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Artistic director of Atlanta Contemporary
Art Center will soon head UK Art Museum

By Whitney Hale
Special to KyForward
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 in 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.

Stuart Horodner is coming to UK from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. (Photo provided)

Stuart Horodner is coming to UK from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. (Photo provided)

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’s from The Cooper Union in New York, and his master’s from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
“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.”
Horodner will begin his tenure on July 9. 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.”

Whitney Hale is an information specialist senior with the University of Kentucky. She was assisted on this story by Dorothy Freeman and Jennifer Sciantarelli.