September 7, 2018

Dominic Willsdon Named Executive Director of the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA—Dominic Willsdon will lead the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University as executive director, beginning December 1, 2018. He succeeds Joe Seipel, who was appointed interim director following Lisa Freiman’s resignation earlier this year.

“The VCU community enthusiastically welcomes Dominic Willsdon as the new executive director of the Institute for Contemporary Art,” said Gail Hacket, provost and vice president for academic affairs at VCU. “Dominic is a dynamic leader, curator, and educator in the contemporary art world, and his career-long focus on issues related to cultural equity, inclusion, and civic engagement make him a natural fit for the ICA.”

At the ICA, Willsdon will be responsible for curatorial and programmatic initiatives and creating partnerships with the Richmond community and academic disciplines at Virginia Commonwealth University, furthering the institution’s dedication to community engagement, social justice, and education.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU,” Willsdon said, “I have admired the ICA team’s work to create this phenomenal new institution, which has demonstrated in a few short months how art and dialogue can powerfully address issues in society today. It’s clear that both Richmond and the wider art world have embraced the ICA at VCU, and I look forward to continuing to shape its vision and program alongside my new colleagues to ensure the ICA remains responsive to the broadest possible audience and a vital venue for international contemporary art.”

Willsdon comes to the ICA from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where since 2006 he has served at the Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Practice. From 2000 to 2005, he was the curator of public programs the Tate Modern in London. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Essex and a Master’s degree with honors in fine art from the University of Edinburgh. Willsdon has taught at the California College of the Arts, Royal College of Art, the Open University, and Birkbeck College, University of London.

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