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Walker Art Center Announces Four New Staff Appointments


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The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has announced four new staff appointments for the institution’s visual arts, design, and education and public departments.

Pavel Pyś, the former exhibitions and displays curator at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, has been named curator of visual arts. Daniel Atkinson, formerly director of education and interpretation programs at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, will be the Walker’s new associate curator of education and public programs. The remaining two appointments have been made in-house: Maya Weisinger, the former tour coordinator at the Walker, will become access and audiences coordinator, and Emmet Byrne will assume the role of associate curator of design, while also remaining design director at the institution.

Olga Viso, executive director at the Walker, said in a statement, “It is very exciting to see our new senior leaders continue to build their teams across curatorial departments at the Walker, drawing both on existing institutional talent and recruiting new voices to the staff. Artistic director Fionn Meade and the Walker’s new director and curator of education and public programs Nisa Mackie, who joined the Walker staff last spring from the Sydney Biennial in Australia, are already having a huge impact. And we look forward to announcing several more curatorial hires this fall.”

“It is a pleasure to welcome such talented colleagues into new and expanded roles at the Walker,” Meade added. “Together they bring a dynamic range of global perspectives and in- depth institutional experience into dialog with new innovative approaches to cross- disciplinary programming. From our galleries and multi-platform publishing efforts to the stage and cinema, these new creative partners will collaborate with colleagues across program areas and be key players in developing projects to animate the newly integrated outdoor campus that will open in 2017.”

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