Mary Ceruti has been appointed next Executive Director of The Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, to assume her role in late January 2019. The news was announced today by the museum, after almost a year-long research led by the Walker’s Search Committee, chaired by Walker board member Andrew Duff. As stated by John Christakos, Walker Art Center Board President: ““Mary’s visionary leadership of SculptureCenter, her dedication to supporting the most important emerging artists of our time, and her well-known track record of attracting and developing great talent made her a tailor-made choice to lead the Walker now. We couldn’t be more excited for where Mary will take the Walker next.”
Currently SculptureCenter’s Executive Director and Chief Curator, Mary Ceruti has organised dozens of solo and group exhibitions of contemporary arts and special projects, over her almost twenty-year-long career as curator and arts executive. In 2013, she was selected as co-curator of Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, along with Ilaria Bonacossa. Before joining the SculptureCenter, she developed projects as independent curator and writer and worked for Capp Street Project in San Francisco and Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has been working at SculptureCenter since 1999.
Renown for her development of the contemporary art museum and her particular dedication to the artists she collaborate with, Ceruti recognise the similarities between Walker and SculptureCenter’s missions, as catalysts in shaping contemporary art’s scenario. In accepting her role, she declares: ” I am honored to be selected as the next director of this great institution and believe it is uniquely positioned to create new models for how museums work with artists and diverse constituencies. I am looking forward to partnering with international artists and colleagues, the Minneapolis community, and the experienced and dedicated staff and board of the Walker to build on its world-class collection and ambitious programs.”
- Mary Ceruti, Photo: Tony Benson