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Two appointments at the British Museum

The British Museum has announced two new appointments. Jonathan Tubb is replacing John Curtis as the keeper of the museum’s Middle Eastern department. Tubb began his field career in Syria in the 1970s, and has since directed excavations in Jordan on behalf of the British Museum. He will assume the post in September. Hugo Chapman is the new keeper of prints and drawings. He joined the department in 1995 after a decade in the Old Master drawings department of a London auction house. He replaces Antony Griffiths.

All-female team to lead Gwangju Biennale

The Gwangju Biennale Foundation has announced the appointment of Sunjung Kim, Mami Kataoka, Carol Yinghua Lu, Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi and Alia Swastika as joint artistic directors of the ninth Gwangju Biennale 2012. The all-female team comes from Asia and the Middle East. This is the first time that the contemporary art fair has selected a committee entirely comprised of women.

George Shackelford to leave the MFA

George Shackelford is leaving his post as chair of the European art department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to become the Kimbell Art Museum’s senior deputy director. Shackelford began his career at the MFA in 1996. He will join the Fort Worth museum just before the debut of its second building, which is scheduled to open in 2013. Shackelford will leave the MFA on 2 December and begin at the Kimbell in January 2012.

Gabriella Belli to direct the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

Gabriella Belli has been appointed director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, an institution composed of 12 Venetian museums, including the Palazzo Fortuny, the Palazzo Ducale and Torre dell’ Orologio. She is leaving her position at the Museo di arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (Mart), where she has worked for the past 27 years. In her new position, which she will assume in the fall, Belli will be responsible for programming and managing all cultural, scientific and artistic aspects of the museum.

Connie Wolf named new director of Stanford University museum

Connie Wolf will direct the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University, effective 1 January 2012. She is replacing Thomas Seligman, who has run the centre since 1991. He will continue to research and teach at Stanford. Prior to her appointment, Wolf served as director and chief executive of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. During her tenure, she oversaw an $85m Daniel Libeskind-designed building project, as well as a $25m endowment campaign for the institution. Wolf earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from Stanford in 1981.

Cosmin Costinas to direct Para/Site Art Space

Para/Site Art Space, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to contemporary art in Hong Kong, has named Cosmin Costinas as its new executive director and curator. He is moving from his home in the Netherlands, where he was the curator at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. He is also on the advisory board of Patterns/Erste Foundation in Vienna. Costinas was an editor of the magazines project of documenta 12 from 2005 to 2007 and has curated, published and lectured throughout Asia and Europe.

Gardiner Museum boasts new appointments

The Gardiner Museum in Toronto has elected Dr Peter Kaellgren to temporarily replace Charles Masonbe as chief curator. Rachel Gotlieb and Dr Elisa Sani will both hold the title of associate curator. All new to the museum, Kaellgren joined the Gardiner in March 2011, Gotlieb arrived in May of this year, and Sani will join in November. Previously, Kaellgren served as a curator of European decorative arts at the Royal Ontario museum in Toronto for more than 30 years. Gotlieb is a PhD candidate in art history at Queen’s University in Kingston. She is an expert in Canadian craft and design. Sani is an Italian maiolica scholar. For the last five years, she has been an assistant curator at the Victoria and Albert museum, where she has been involved in the creation of the new ceramics galleries.

Katarina Pierre named director of Bildmuseet Museum

Katarina Pierre is the new director of the Bildmuseet Museum, Umeå University’s contemporary art museum. Since 1995, she has worked at Bildmuseet as a curator, and most recently as temporary acting director. Pierre is replacing Jan-Erik Lundström, who is director of Samisk Kunstnersenter, Karasjok, Norway.

Michael Lynch appointed chief executive of West Kowloon Cultural District

Michael Lynch was appointed the chief executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District. Prior to the appointment, Lynch was the chief executive at the Southbank Centre, where he led the development and refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall. He was also the chief executive at the Sydney Opera House from 1998-2002. Lynch is currently a director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Film Victoria and the Myer Foundation.

Bonhams welcomes Thomas Kamm as senior representative in Germany

Bonhams has announced the appointment of Dr Thomas Kamm as the company’s senior representative in Germany. For more than 20 years Kamm has edited at several German publications, including Museumswelt, Weltkunst, Antiquitaetenzeitung and Kunst und Auktionen. Since 2005, he has acted as deputy editor at the newspaper, Kunst und Auktionen, in Munich.

Fabrice Stroun made director of Kunsthalle Bern board

On 1 January 2012, Fabrice Stroun will steer the ship of Kunsthalle Bern as the director of its board of trustees. For the last 15 years, Stroun has been working as an independent curator based in Geneva. He has conceived and organised over 50 exhibitions at institutions such as the Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneva, MAMCO Geneva, Kunsthaus Glarus and Villa Medici in Rome. He has lectured at Geneva's Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design since 2006, and in 2005 he received the Swiss Art Award.

Ginevra Elkann elected president of Pinacoteca Agnelli

Ginevra Elkann has been appointed president of the Pinacoteca Agnelli in Torino. Elkann is succeeding her grandmother, Marella Agnelli, who still sits as honorary chairperson on the Pinacoteca Agnelli board. The Renzo Piano-designed space houses works from Giovanni and Marella Agnelli's private collection. The gallery rests on top of the Lingotto Fiat former car factory designed by Giacomo Matté Trucco.

Gregory Burk resigns from Power Plant

The director of Canadian contemporary art gallery, the Power Plant, Gregory Burke has resigned. The New Zealand native took the position in 2005. No reason was cited in the official release, and the space is still looking for someone to fill the position. By the time he left in May, he was the longest-serving of the six men who have ran the gallery since its opening in 1987.

Palais de Tokyo loses coordinator Olivier Kaeppelin

Olivier Kaeppelin resigned from his position as coordinator of the Palais de Tokyo, which he assumed in 2009. He now heads the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Frédéric Mitterrand, the French culture minister, appointed independent curator Jean de Loisy for a five-year term to replace Kaeppelin. Loisy is the former head of the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain des Pays de la Loire and is curator of the “Monumenta” series at the Grand Palais.

Edward Dolman leaves Christie's for Qatar

Christie's president Edward Dolman is resigning from his post after 27 years of service to become the managing director of the Qatar Museums Authority. He will supervise a network of museums in Doha, Qatar's capital. The Museums Authority’s most recent project, scheduled for late 2014, is the reopening of the National Museum of Qatar in a new building designed by Jean Nouvel. Dolman will join Peggy Loar, director of the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami, who was appointed to run the National Museum in Qatar.

Index seeks new director after Mats Stjernstedt's exit

Mats Stjernstedt has stepped down as the director of Index, the Swedish independent art space, where he worked for nine years. He has moved on to Oslo's Kunstnernes hus, acting as its artistic director. No one had been named as his successor. The new director will lead the operation, coordination and business of the Index art space.

Chris Breward elected principal of the Edinburgh College of Art

Effective September, Dr Chris Breward will be the new principal of the Edinburgh College of Art. He is leaving his post as the head of research at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Breward will be the first principal of Edinburgh College of Art following its merger on 1 August with Edinburgh University. The merger will be backed by £13.8m of new investment from the Scottish Funding Council.

Two appointments at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales boasts two new appointments: Wayne Tunnicliffe will be head curator of Australian art and Kirsten Downie the assistant director of marketing, development and membership. Downie is coming from the National Gallery of Australia, where she was head of marketing and communications. Tunnicliffe has curated the contemporary Australian collection at the gallery since 2001 and is continuing to work with down under art.

SLAM promotes Matthew Robb to associate curator

The Saint Louis Art Museum has promoted Matthew Robb the associate curator of ancient American and Native American art. He has served as the assistant curator of the department since 2009. Robb has been a member of the museum’s curatorial staff since 2007, when he was awarded the Andrew Mellon postdoctoral curatorial fellowship for Pre-Columbian art.

Chrysler Museum of Art names Charlotte Potter new glass studio manager

Conceptual artist and designer Charlotte Potter will join the Chrysler Museum of Art as the manager of their new glass studio, which is scheduled to open on 2 November. Trained as a glassblower, Potter received a master's of fine arts degree from the department of glass at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she also taught. She is also the cofounder of Cirque de Verre, a travelling glass troupe.

Richard Hodges leaves as director of University of Pennsylvania Museum

Richard Hodges is stepping down from his position as the director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum in June 2012. Hodges was the director during the "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibition, which garnered much media attention. Days before its opening, the Chinese government denied permission to show many of the pieces in the exhibition. Ultimately, the Chinese allowed artifacts to be displayed for five weeks, as opposed to the original four months. Hodges joined the staff in 2007.

Naples loses arts champion Myra Janco Daniels

Myra Janco Daniels, the founder and chief executive of the Naples Museum of Art and the Philharmonic Center Cultural Complex, will step down from her post by the end of 2011. Daniels founded the organisation in the early 1980s and built it into a $127m arts complex. To honour her impact on the Floridian community, the city of Naples and Collier County have proclaimed 14-15 January 2012 “Thank You Myra” days. In conjunction with the celebration, the philharmonic is launching the Myra Janco Daniels Legacy Fund.

Elvis Mitchell named new head of LACMA film programme

Elvis Mitchell is the new head of the financially strained film programme at LACMA. Mitchell will replace Ian Bernie, who has run the department since 1996. Mitchell previously worked at KCRW radio as a film critic. He hosts a show called “The Treatment”, in which he interviews various figures in cinema and entertainment.

Alex Klein joins University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Contemporary Art staff

Alex Klein is the new program curator at Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. The Los Angeles-based artist and writer was most recently a curatorial fellow in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA and a Lecturer in the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. In her new position, Klein will address programming and revamp the museum's website.

Lauren Ross leaves Friends of the Highline

Lauren Ross is leaving Friends of the High Line, where she served for two years as its curator and director of arts programs, to move to the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There she will be the curator of modern and contemporary art.

Changes to United States Artists' board

United States Artists, the national artist advocacy and support organisation, has made several changes to its board. Jack Guthman of Chicago and Austin's Jeanne Klein are newly appointed to the board. Samuel Hoi, the president of the Otis College of Art and Design and veteran USA board member, has been elected chair. USA was established in 2005 to support individual artists working in architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater and visual arts.

Andria Hickey joins Public Art Fund

Andria Hickey has joined the Public Art Fund, filling the newly created associate curator position. Hickey is moving from Art in General, where she was the curator and programs manager. She was responsible for the development and management of the organisation’s exhibitions, residencies, public programs and publications.

Leann Standish migrates to Miami Art Museum

Leann Standish left her position as assistant director and director of external affairs at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to become the deputy director of external affairs at the Miami Art Museum. She will lead the museum’s development, marketing, public relations, facilities and visitor services departments.

New Frick board member Blair Effron

Blair Effron has been elected to the Frick's board of trustees. He is a founding partner of Centerview Partners, an investment banking and private equity firm founded in 2006. He also sits on the boards at Lincoln Center and New Visions for Public Schools. In the past, he served on the boards of the Brooklyn Museum, the Northside Center for Child Development, the Center for Arts Education and the National Humanities Center.

John Smith moves to RISD

The two-year search for a new director at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art has finally ended. John Smith is leaving his position as director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art for RISD in September. He is succeeding Hope Alswang, who resigned in July 2009.

John Tamagni named chairman of Brooklyn Museum board

John Tamagni is the new chair of the board of trustees of the Brooklyn Museum. A member of the board since 1987 and currently chair of the finance committee and board treasurer, he is succeeding Norman Feinberg, who is retiring after five years at the post. Feinberg will continue to serve as an active board member. Tamagni is also a trustee of the Orchestra of St. Luke's and an overseer of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Stephanie Ingrassia has also been named board president. Ingrassia has served on the Brooklyn Museum Board since 2001. She was a vice chair prior to her election.

Robert Pruzan elected chair of Jewish Museum board

Robert Pruzan is succeeding Joshua Nash as chairman of the board of trustees of the Jewish Museum. Pruzan became a trustee in 2003, and served as president from 2007-11. He will head up a newly elected band of officers. In addition to his work at the Jewish Museum, Pruzan is the vice chairman of ArtsConnection, a non-profit organisation that provides arts education to New York City public school children, sits on the board of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and is a member of the board of Wesleyan University.

Lawrence Ricciardi becomes president of Morgan Library

Lawrence Ricciardi is replacing S. Parker Gilbert as the president of the board of trustees of the Morgan Library. Gilbert is stepping down after 23 years as president. Retired from his post as senior executive at IBM, Ricciardi has been a trustee of the Morgan since 2003. He is a member of the director’s roundtable, a group of the Morgan’s leading patrons.

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