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Atlanta Contemporary Art Center names new leader
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June 13, 2014 02:41 PM | 2930 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Julie Delliquanti
Julie Delliquanti
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The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in west Midtown Friday announced the appointment of Julie Delliquanti as its new executive director.

Delliquanti replaces Stuart Horodner, who in February announced he would accept the museum director position at the Art Museum of the University of Kentucky in Lexington and start in June. She will begin her role at the center July 14. In the meantime, Development Director Veronica Kessenich will serve as interim executive director.

“It is an incredible opportunity and privilege to be selected to lead Atlanta Contemporary Art Center — an organization I consider to be one of the city’s most important cultural assets, and one that has actively supported contemporary expression for more than 40 years,” Delliquanti said. “I look forward to deepening connections with artists, patrons, and audiences and continuing to strengthen the center’s commitment to high-quality exhibitions and its reputation as a leader for bold ideas and experimentation.”

Delliquanti comes to the center with a strong background in arts education and administrative leadership, most recently serving as curator of the new art/DBF program at the Decatur Book Festival. Before taking that job, she was head of public programs and community engagement at the High Museum of Art in Midtown.

Delliquanti has held positions at the Orange County Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and Emory University Libraries. She is known for pioneering inventive approaches to exhibition development and audience engagement while improving accessibility to contemporary art and artists.

Her role will include advocacy, fundraising, elevating the visibility of the center and managing its day-to-day business operations. She will also lead the implementation of the center’s capitalization plan through funding recently awarded by the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Julie on board,” center board President Tim Schrager said. “Our nine-person executive director search committee chaired by my fellow board member, Matthew White, worked hard to vet numerous candidates from across the country that applied for the job. We feel fortunate that our top candidate has actually been living right here in Atlanta for the past seven years, but comes to us with worldly experiences. ACAC, having achieved incredible goals in the past couple of years, is now poised to reach new heights and I am very confident that we will be successful in doing so with Julie in this leadership position.”

Delliquanti received a bachelor’s degree in art education from California State University at Long Beach and holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Boston University.
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