The Boston University Art Gallery Appoints New Director and Chief Curator

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(Boston) – The Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate McNamara to the role of Director and Chief Curator. McNamara comes to BUAG with an extensive background in curation and instruction both in New York and Western Massachusetts. She will fill the position currently being held ad interim by Exhibitions and Special Projects Coordinator of BU’s School of Visual Arts Lynne Cooney and will begin her tenure in mid-March.

“We are thrilled with the addition of Kate McNamara to the BUAG staff,” said Provost Jean Morrison. “Her extensive experience in curating and outreach make her a seamless fit for the role of Director and Chief Curator of the BU Art Gallery.”

McNamara has experience curating at MoMA PS1 (Long Island City, NY), Cleopatra’s (Brooklyn, NY), Ramapo College (Ramapo, NY), Participant, INC. (New York, NY) and fordProjects (New York, NY). She also worked at The Bronx Museum (New York, NY), Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, NY) and Artists Space Gallery (New York, NY). She co-founded and co-directed at Cleopatra’s (Brooklyn, NY) and held a position on the board of PopRally at the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 (Long Island City, NY). McNamara held the positions of curator in residence at AIR Antwerpen (Antwerp, Belgium) and curatorial fellow at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency Program (New York, NY). She lectured as a visiting curator at Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) and taught with Project Common Bond at Queens University of Belfast (Belfast, Ireland). McNamara received an MA in Curatorial Studies at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY) and a BA in Curatorial Studies at Hampshire College (Amherst, MA), also studying at Studio Arts Center International (Florence, Italy).

Dedicated to serving the public of New England as well as the university community, Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) is a non-profit art gallery geared toward an interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture. Maintaining an ongoing exhibition schedule in its current location since 1958, now named the Stone Gallery, exhibitions focus on international, national, and regional art developments, chiefly in the twentieth century. BUAG has a particular commitment to offer a culturally inclusive view of art, one that expands the boundaries of museum exhibitions.