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Erin Dziedzic Named Kemper Museum Curator

Bruce Mathews

After conducting a national search, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art today announced the selection of a new Curator and Head of Adult Programs: Erin Dziedzic. She starts at the museum in late April.

Erin Dziedzic (pronounced "Je-jitz"), a native of Massachusettts, is currently a curator at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. Dziedzic has organized exhibitions at the SCAD Museum of Art, as well as at galleries at the college's four locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Lacoste, France; and in Hong Kong. Since 2006, she's worked with contemporary artists, such as James Casebere, Angelo Filomeno, Victoria Fu, Nicholas Hlobo, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Damián Ortega, Yeondoo Jung, Liza Lou, and Deborah Poynton.

Dziedzic is also the founder/editor of the online contemporary art journal called artcore journal. One of her recent articles includes a write-up and photos of exhibitions in Kansas City at la Esquina, PLUG Projects, Grand Arts, and the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute.

At the Kemper Museum, Dziedzic will take on curatorial duties, as well as organizing public programs (positions which previously had been separate).

In a press release, Museum Executive Director Barbara O'Brien stated that:

“Adding the role of envisioning and creating public programs to that of Curator puts front and center the Kemper Museum goal of being an artist-centric museum. Working in dynamic conversation with living artists is an important complement to our growing permanent collection and leading edge exhibition program.”

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