Incoming Museum Director Wants To Grow Community Presence

Mar 17, 2014

The new director of the University of Kentucky Art Museum says he’s ready to hit the ground running when he takes on his new position this summer.

Stuart Horodner says he has had his sights set on the University ever since he visited as a guest lecturer a few years ago.  He said he liked the collection at the time and the opportunities the museum offered to other areas of study at UK.  He hopes to implement a combination of ideas from the community and the university to increase the museum’s presence in the city.

“One of the things that I’m looking forward to doing, which I’ve been working on until I get there and will continue once I get there, is really looking at the history of the museum’s programs, talking with the staff, talking with stakeholders in the community; just trying to get an assessment of where the museum is situated, how it’s doing, what are the thoughts of its current state.”

Horodner brings years of experience to the table, having worked with art institutions across the country.  His resume includes serving as the visual arts curator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Oregon, director of the Bucknell University Art Gallery and co-owner of the Horodner Romley Gallery in New York.  He is presently the artistic director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.  Horodner takes over at the University of Kentucky Art Museum on July 9th.