Arts notes: Search for next director of UK art museum down to 3 finalists

rcopley@herald-leader.comJanuary 26, 2014 

The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky has narrowed its search for a new director to three candidates. One visited Lexington last week, one will be here this week and the third is coming next month. Visits include public forums .

The candidates are:

#&149; Tim Close, who was the director and CEO of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash., before he resigned in January 2012, telling The News Tribune in Tacoma that he wanted to “return to a general art museum.” Previously, he was executive director for the Boise Art Museum in Idaho and executive director for the Albany Museum of Art in Georgia. He visited Lexington on Wednesday . Read a recap of Close’s public forum at Rich Copley’s blog, Copious Notes, at LexGo.com  .

#&149; Stuart Horodner, curator and artistic director at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. His previous posts included curator of visual art at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Oregon, and a director and curator for the Bucknell Art Gallery at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Horodner visits Monday, with a public forum at 4:15 p.m. in the Singletary Center for the Arts’ concert hall.

#&149; Julien Robson, who has worked with international post-war and contemporary art in England, Vienna, Louisville’s Speed Art Museum and Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts . Robson visits Feb. 7, with a public forum at 4:15 p.m. in the President’s Room of the Singletary Center.

The candidates are vying to succeed Kathy Walsh-Piper, who announced her retirement in March. She said the museum needed ”a new director to take it to a new level, meaning a new building. It needs a better location.”

The 20,000-square-foot museum has an extensive collection and features internationally acclaimed exhibits, but many, including Walsh-Piper, think it requires a higher-profile location than its current spot inside the northwest corner of the Singletary Center.

Broadway program has tickets to give away

The Lexington Opera House is accepting applications through Friday for its 2014 Broadway Buddies program on March 13 and 16 in conjunction with the Broadway Live presentation of The Miracle Worker.

The program is designed to give children ages 10 to 18 who might not otherwise get to go to the show a chance to experience live theater and peek behind the scenes of the production. The program includes an Opera House tour, study guide, theater etiquette class, a question-and-answer session with members of the cast of The Miracle Worker and free tickets to the 6 p.m. March 16 performance .

The Broadway Buddies program started two years ago with the Broadway Live presentation of Shrek: The Musical. It relies on Broadway Live season ticket holders who donate their tickets to the program. Part of the inspiration for the program was that a number of Broadway Live patrons spend colder months in warmer areas and do not use their tickets.

Applicants must be not-for-profit organizations, and they must be able to provide transportation and one adult chaperone for each eight student participants. For applications and more information, contact Opera House general manager Luanne Franklin at (859) 233-4567, Ext. 3286, or lfranklin@lexingtoncenter.com.

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