The Redux Contemporary Art Center has hired a young curator from Boston to be its next executive director. Karen Myers accepted an offer this week and starts Jan. 15.
She previously coordinated Boston Young Contemporaries, a yearly exhibition of 90 artists and 400 works of art. Members of the jury included Kiki Smith and Roger White, co-editor of Paper Monument, a bi-annual journal of contemporary arts. Myers also curated shows in East Lansing and other Boston venues.
Myers, 24, is originally from Grand Rapids, Mich. She did undergraduate work at Michigan State University in East Lansing and completed Boston University’s MFA in Art program last spring. Her academic training is in education, fine art, and graphic design.
Redux chose Myers because of her enthusiasm, education, expertise, and wide network of contacts throughout the art world, says Kyle LeGette, Redux’s development director. While curating the 2007 exhibit in Boston, Myers invited artists from around the country, not just in Boston and New England. That range of contacts and depth of sensibility, LeGette says, is an asset to Redux.
Myers was also an advisor for the 2008 exhibit, says Holly Veselka, one of the production coordinators at Boston Young Contemporaries. Veselka says Myers is good choice for leading a grass-roots arts center like Redux. She is well-organized and driven as well as sweet and easy-going.
“But she’s not afraid to tell people what she thinks,” Veselka says. “She just does it in a way that people don’t get upset. I love Karen. I think she’s wonderful.”
Myers will become Redux’s fourth director since its founding in 2002. Myers follows the nearly three-year tenure of Seth Curcio.
Curcio proved to be a divisive figure among Charleston’s contemporary artists, but is widely credited for successfully shepherding Redux through a challenging period of transition — taking it from an ad-hoc collective of creative and intrepid minds to a professionally run nonprofit arts organization.
Myers inherits an organization that now has a forward-thinking board of directors, a director of development to handle fund-raising, a growing educational outreach program, and a calendar year with a slight budget surplus. —John Stoehr