Almost a year after Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's curator Cassandra Coblentz packed her bags and headed to California, museum staff has announced that they'll be welcoming a new curator set to start this Fall.
Emily Stamey will join the SMoCA team as an associate curator in September. She was recently curator of modern and contemporary art at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas.
SMoCA Director Tim Rodgers said in a release sent out this afternoon that Stamey is a natural fit for the museum: "Her substantial experiences in both curatorial and education, her accessible approach used to connect and educate audiences to contemporary art and museums, and her intelligence and enthusiasm made her the top candidate for the position."
Rodgers and Stamey will work together with assistant curator Claire Carter to oversee current and upcoming exhibitions.
According to museum staff, their schedule includes Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Store Shelves, with work by Damien Hirst, Jonathan Seliger, Lucy and Jorge Orta and Andy Warhol, and more. The exhibition was developed by Stamey for the Ulrich, will be shown at SMoCA in the summer of 2013.
Stamey has a degree in art history from Grinnell College, Iowa, and her MA and Ph.D. in art history from The University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.