August 29, 2019

Solveig Øvstebø, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Renaissance Society, to Depart in February

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—After seven years at the helm of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Solveig Øvstebø has announced that she will step down in February 2020 and return with her family to Norway. “The Renaissance Society’s ethos has always been to work closely with artists to help them create works in dialogue with our times, inviting them to lead our way,” Øvstebø said in a statement. “I am so proud and grateful to have contributed to this unique and esteemed legacy.”

Øvstebø joined the institution as executive director and chief curator in 2012. Since then, she has organized the museum’s centennial celebration; launched the Next Century Fund, which has significantly increased its endowment; and overseen the presentation of twenty solo exhibitions of work by artists including Kevin Beasley, Alejandro Cesarco, Irena Haiduk, Jennifer Packer, Mathias Poledna, Nora Schultz, and Peter Wächtler. She also introduced a new performance series called Intermissions and increased the scope of the museum’s publishing program. Prior to leading the Renaissance Society, Øvstebø served as the director of Bergen Kunsthall from 2003 to 2013.

Commenting on her resignation, board president Richard Wright said: “We are deeply grateful to Solveig for her inspiring leadership, distinctive vision, and boundless energy, which has sustained us and moved us forward. What she has accomplished is tremendous, and it leaves the Renaissance Society in a stronger place, poised for the future.”

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