Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has hired an Australian-Polish curator from Leeds, England as visual arts curator. For the past four years, Pavel Pys (pronounced Pish), has been curator of exhibitions and displays at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. His previous work at the Moore Institute includes solo shows involving artists David Diao, Robert Filliou, Christine Kozlov, Katrina Palmer, Vladimir Stenberg and Sturtevant. While at the Moore Institute he also contributed to the group exhibitions "Carol Bove/Carlo Scarpa" (2015); "The Event Sculpture" (2014); "Indifferent Matter: From Object to Sculpture" (2013); and "1913: The Shape of Time" (2012).
Other exhibitions in which he's had a hand were staged at the Zabludowicz Collection, a contemporary art enterprise with outposts in London, New York and Finland; and at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Italy.
Pys has an MFA from Goldsmiths College in London, a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an arts administration certificate from the University of New South Wales. In addition to serving on prize panels, he has written for ArtReview, Mousse, Frieze and Art Monthly Australia.
At the Walker he is expected to produce exhibitions, recommend additions to the collection, write for institutional publications and "lead grant driven initiatives." His start date is pending visa approval.
Additional appointments include:
Emmet Byrne, the center's design director since 2010, added the title associate curator of design. As design director he's responsible for the Walker's "brand identity," publishing program and design studio.With the enhanced title, he's now expected to "continue the legacy" of Walker design programs and projects.
Twin Cities native Daniel Atkinson will join the staff in October as associate curator of education and interpretation programs. He's previously run programs for teens and adults at the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Walker tour coordinator Maya Weisinger will now be Access and Audiences Coordinator in the Education and Public Program departments. She'll focus on diversity and try to get various Walker departments to "align programmatic goals" with the institution's values while building community relationships and creating "pathways for more audience engagement."