Hallie Ringle will be the next curator of contemporary art at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama. She will begin in her new post on November 1.
Ringle comes to the BMA after five years at New York’s Studio Museum in Harlem, where she served first as a senior curatorial assistant and then as assistant curator. At the Studio Museum, she managed the institution’s artist residency program and curated several shows, including the museum’s recent “Fictions” exhibition in 2017, as well as off-site projects by Derrick Adams, Firelei Báez, and Maren Hassinger.
“I am delighted to join the BMA at an exciting time in a dynamic city when the museum is increasingly using contemporary art to help shape critical conversations happening locally and nationally,” Ringle said in a statement. “I am eager to work alongside their fantastic team to think strategically about ways we can further community dialogue, enhance the collection with important works by emerging and established artists, and tell even more stories through contemporary art.”
At the BMA, Ringle will be charged with shaping the contemporary-art programming of the encyclopedic museum, which was founded in 1951 and has a collection of over 27,000 objects. She will also oversee the museum’s contemporary-art holdings, organize programming, and deepen the museum’s relationship to its community.
Graham Boettcher, the museum’s director, said in a statement, “As a highly regarded curator of contemporary art, Hallie brings with her an impressive record of groundbreaking exhibitions—working with both emerging and established artists—and a deep commitment to community engagement. With Hallie’s expertise and vision, I am confident that the BMA’s contemporary art program will continue to flourish, and I look forward to watching her make her mark on our institution and its collection, as she creates innovative and meaningful art experiences for our community.”