September 10, 2018

Olga Viso Joins ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

TEMPE, ARIZONA—Olga Viso has joined Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts as an adviser to dean Steven. J. Tepper. Viso will manage the institute’s global initiatives and recent partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art providing professional development for emerging museum curators of color. Viso will also develop an interdisciplinary partnership with artist James Turrell and the Skystone Foundation at the Roden Crater in northern Arizona.

“Olga Viso is a first-rate curator and an internationally renowned scholar of contemporary art,” Tepper said. “I’m very please she’s agreed to help us build out the LACMA partnership and position the institute and our initiatives in the global art scene.”

Prior to leading Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center from 2008 to 2017, Viso was director of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. In 2013, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Arts and as an adviser to the National Endowment for the Arts. Viso has also served on the boards of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; she is currently an adviser to Chicago’s Rebuild Foundation.

“I am thrilled to join the team of global thought leaders Steven Tepper has brought to ASU,” Viso said. “My commitment to cross-disciplinary experimentation, to advancing diversity within the museum profession, and to elevating the voices of artists in society intersects with the values of this ambitious and entrepreneurial university.”

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