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UMMA appoints first chief curator

The U-M Museum of Art (UMMA) has appointed James B. Wyman as the institution's first chief curator following a nationwide search.

Wyman comes to Ann Arbor from the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University, where he held the John B. and Dareth A. Gerlach Directorship, providing overall leadership and fiscal direction, as well as shaping curatorial programming and acquisitions strategies. Wyman begins his post at UMMA Oct. 11.

As chief curator, Wyman will have responsibility for day-to-day management of the curatorial area, including exhibition planning and development, collections strategies, donor and collector cultivation, collaborative project development, and development and implementation of his own exhibitions. He will serve as a member of UMMA's senior management team and will represent the museum's exhibitions and programs to the campus and community.

Wyman also will lead the museum's curatorial team in developing new collections installations and temporary exhibitions to be housed in the expanded facility.

In conjunction with the University-wide capital campaign, The Michigan Difference, UMMA is well over halfway to its goal of $35 million for a new 57,000-square-foot wing and the renovation of its current home, Alumni Memorial Hall, designed by Allied Works Architecture. Groundbreaking is expected in 2006, with completion in 2008.

"Jim joins us at an important moment in our history, when we have ambitious goals before us," UMMA Director James Steward says. "He brings an outstanding degree of experience that will be helpful in guiding our curatorial work, as well as in development and planning areas."

Wyman has served as director of the University Galleries at the University of Florida and was exhibitions program coordinator at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, N.Y. He gained substantial teaching experience in museum studies, visual culture and studio art at the University of Florida, SUNY Brockport and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Wyman has curated numerous exhibitions, particularly in the areas of photography, media-based art and installation. He has won grants from foundations and public agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts. His academic training is as a fine artist and historian of photography.

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