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New curator goes public

By Robert Faires, June 25, 2010, Arts

When Arthouse reopens its home space in the fall, expect to engage with the art in the freshly renovated Jones Center in a wealth of exciting new ways. That's because the contemporary art organization has brought Rachel Adams on board as its curator of public programs. While Arthouse has had public programs for many of its exhibitions in the past, it's never before had someone on staff whose primary responsibility was their development and implementation. This is comparable to the organization's hiring of Elizabeth Dunbar as its very first full-time curator three years ago; it's another sign that, as Arthouse grows, it's willing to devote more resources to in-house professional staff who can deepen the public's experience and appreciation of new art. As Dunbar herself puts it: "The addition of [Adams'] position signifies Arthouse's commitment to extending the public dialogue about contemporary art and creating multiple points of access for all our audiences. I know that Rachel's thoughtful programs will enrich Arthouse's dynamic lineup of exhibitions and projects and provide even more opportunities to experience the art of our time."

Adams comes to Austin from San Francisco, where she received a master's degree in exhibition and museum studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and curated exhibitions at Queen's Nails Projects and David Cunningham Projects. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and arts administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a co-founder and co-director of the apartment project space Lloyd Dobler Gallery.

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