Big news in the St. Louis arts community came this week out of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (an A&E grantee) with the announcement of Wassan Al-Khudhairi as the museum’s new Chief Curator.

Al-Khudhairi currently serves as the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. This position represents only a fraction of Al-Khudhairi’s impressive resume, which includes positions with the Gwangju Biennale Foundation in South Korea and the 2017 Asian Art Biennial.

“I am so delighted to have the chance to work with Wassan,” says CAM’s Executive Director Lisa Melandri. “She has extraordinary breadth of experience and global knowledge of the contemporary art world, which is seamlessly balanced with her attention to local and regional communities and audiences. We are grateful to have her vision and abilities at CAM and in St. Louis.”

Al-Khudhairi’s appointment marks the end of a nationwide search to fill the position left vacant after the departure of Jeffrey Uslip in October 2016, and signifies CAM’s effort to connect the global landscape of contemporary art to timely community issues.

In anticipation of her new position, which she will begin on August 1, Al-Khudari says, “We are experiencing an important moment in museums today. There is an urgency to think critically about the role and responsibility of art institutions. I am excited to have the opportunity to consider what this means for CAM and St. Louis. I look forward to working closely with the exceptional team at CAM to build and shape an engaging and ambitious program that has roots locally but engages with artists and ideas nationally and internationally.”

We look forward learning more about Al-Khudairi’s vision for CAM and the St. Louis community in the coming months!

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