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New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts appoints a new Director

New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts appoints a new Director

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The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts is proud to announce the latest step in the re emergence of the Academy as a significant voice in the national art scene with the appointment of a new Director. For 130 years the Academy has been a fixture in the Wellington Arts community and from their award winning galleries on the waterfront have been undergoing something of a renaissance for the past four years. This appointment will be a catalyst for the Academy to continue creatively engaging the national arts audience by bringing together a wide range of emerging and established artists from throughout the country.

Claudia Arozqueta is the newly appointed Director of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. Previously she held a position as Director of Enjoy Gallery in Wellington. Claudia Arozqueta is a critic and curator that has an MA in Media Art Histories from Donau-Universitat Krems in Austria. She has curated exhibitions for different art organizations in Mexico, USA, Japan, Australia, Russia and New Zealand. Her recent curated exhibitions include Through The Keyhole, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington; Imaginary Geographies, Courtenay Place Park Light Box Project (2011-12); Crossing Boundaries, II Moscow Biennale of Young Art, Winzavod Contemporary Art Center, Moscow, Russia (2010); Manimal, National Centre for Contemporary Arts/International University Moscow, Russia (2009); Behind the Dream, Manuel Álvarez Bravo Photography Museum, Mexico (2008); A Place in Time, Contemporary Art Month (CAM), San Antonio, Texas (2006). Her writing and editorial credits include books, exhibition catalogues and contributions to art magazines including Flash Art (IT), ArtNotes (ES), Umelec (CZ), and The Moscow Times (RU). Since 2007 she is a regular contributor of Artforum.com.

As Director of the Academy of Fine Arts, she looks forward to further revitalising its exhibition programme through the establishment of new annual events, following the successful launch of the Parkin Drawing Prize and the Kete Craft Symposium she will be a key figure in the establishment of the first annual Wellington Visual Arts Festival. Arozqueta is appreciative of the Academy’s history, its membership and contribution to the arts over the past 130 years and looks forward to representing the Academy and furthering its role in the contemporary arts in 2014 and beyond.

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