January 28, 2019

Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston Names Steven Matijcio Director

HOUSTON, TEXAS—The Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston has named curator, writer, and researcher Steven Matijcio the Jane Dale Owen Director and Chief Curator. Matijcio comes to the Blaffer from the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), where is the head of the curatorial department, and replaces Toby Kamps, who departed the museum in August 2018 for a position at White Cube. His tenure begins March 11.

“Steven brings with him an impressive record of producing timely, thoughtfully developed, and politically potent exhibitions, many of them with a social engagement aspect that is very much in line with current University of Houston and McGovern College of the Arts priorities,” Andrew Davis, dean of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, said. “He is the strong leader we need to move the museum forward.”

Recent exhibitions at CAC curated by Matijcio include solo presentations by Akram Zaatari, Kahlil Joseph, and Chris Larson. In 2014, “Buildering: Misbehaving the City,” a group exhibition organized by Matijcio, travelled from Cincinnati to the Blaffer. Prior to joining CAC, Matijcio was a curator at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and artistic director of the 2012 Narracje Festival in Gdansk, Poland. He has held curatorial residencies at institutions in Germany, Korea, Canada, and the United States, and received a Master of Arts from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

Of his appointment as director, Matijcio said, “Thanks to the strong and enduring work of my predecessors, the Blaffer is already highly regarded. My goal is to integrate the Blaffer more deeply into campus life, weaving students, faculty, course work, student-based organizations and fields of study outside of the arts into the production, performance, and interpretation of our projects.”

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