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Contemporary art specialist appointed Acuff Chair

A specialist in contemporary art has been selected as the 2009-10 Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence.

Ian Berry, associate director for curatorial affairs and curator at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, will begin his APSU appointment at the start of the Fall 2009 semester.
A specialist in contemporary art has been selected as the 2009-10 Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence.

Ian Berry, associate director for curatorial affairs and curator at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, will begin his APSU appointment at the start of the Fall 2009 semester.

He has organized several exhibitions for the Tang Museum, including projects that combine antique maps, scientific equipment, Rube Goldberg cartoons and Shaker furniture with new works of international contemporary art. His recent solo artist projects at the Tang have featured artists such as Paul Henry Ramirez, Nayland Blake, Jim Hodges and Alyson Shotz.

Before his service at Skidmore, Berry served as assistant curator at the Williams College Museum of Art.

Among his many publications, Berry is co-editor of the recent catalogue, "Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress," co-published by MIT Press. As lecturer in art history, he teaches the seminar course, Inside the Museum, which serves as an introduction to the history, theory and practice of the modern museum.

Berry received his B.A. in art history from the University at Albany and his M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

During his appointment at APSU, Berry will present a visual arts exhibition of contemporary works exploring experimental strategies in contemporary curating. The show will be from April 5-16, 2010, in the Trahern Gallery.

Established in 1984, the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at APSU is an endowed professorship designed to bring regionally and nationally acclaimed artists together with students, faculty and community people in a creative environment. -- Melony Shemberger