Fionn Meade. Image provided by Walker Art Center.
Walker Art Center has retitled Fionn Meade and hired a new staff member to head its education and public programs department effective immediately.
Meade was hired in February 2014 to be the Walker's Senior Curator of Cross-Disciplinary Platforms, a new title then intended to "cut across artistic disciplines" in a contemporary art center that presents films, theatrical and dance performances, and exhibitions featuring diverse media. His title has now been streamlined to Artistic Director. The job remains the same.
His new title also replaces that of Chief Curator which is a more common designation for whoever leads a museum's programming departments. His predecessor as Chief Curator was Darsie Alexander who left in January 2014, after five years at the Walker, to become director of the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York. Alexander had a more traditional background in art history with an emphasis on contemporary photography. Meade was a curator, writer and faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Columbia University in New York prior to joining the Walker staff.
Nisa Mackie, image from Walker Art Center
The Center also named Nisa Mackie as Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs. A native of New South Wales, Australia, she most recently managed public programs at the Biennale of Sydney.