August 22, 2017

Miki Garcia to Lead Arizona State University Art Museum

PHOENIX, ARIZONA—Miki Garcia has been named director of the Arizona State University Art Museum by the university’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Her tenure will begin December 1, 2017. Since 2005, Garcia has been executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.

In a statement, Arizona State University Herberger Institute dean Steven J. Tepper said, “Miki is a great choice for ASU. She is a seasoned museum director with extensive experience growing her institution, building her board, securing investment, and creating powerful programming. ASU Art Museum has been recognized as among the most important contemporary art museums in the region, with exhibitions and programming that have attracted global attention. Importantly, she believes deeply in ASU’s potential to transform our region and to advance a new model of a twenty-first-century art museum that advances art at the intersections of every important issue of our day.”

At the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara Garcia secured grants for the institution from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Ars, and the Getty Foundation. In September, MCASB will serve as one of the venues of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time, exhibiting work from Guatemala from the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries.

Garcia has previously served as a project coordinator for New York’s Public Art Fund, a curatorial associate at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and a curatorial representative to the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. She holds an MA in art history from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialty in Latin American and Latinx Art.

“I am fiercely committed to the future of the museum and the role of arts in society. I am so excited to join the Arizona State University Art Museum, a museum within one of the most innovative public research universities in the country dedicated to inclusion; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural, and overall health of the communities it serves,” Garcia said. “[Phoenix] is the fifth-largest city in the United States, and it’s going to experience so much demographic growth and change in the next decade. I am thrilled to be a part of that. I think people across the country will be looking to Arizona in the next couple of years as a case study in change.”

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