January 13, 2017
Leadership is rounding into place for FRONT International, a regionwide contemporary art triennial exhibition set to open in July 2018.
FRONT Exhibition Co., which is producing the event, said it has named Jamie Hardis as exhibition director and Lisa Kurzner as associate curator. Both positions were filled after a nationwide search, according to a news release from the company.
"I am pleased that we were able to find strong Cleveland-based talent to fill these important management and curatorial positions", said Fred Bidwell, executive director of FRONT Exhibition and a major Northeast Ohio arts philanthropist.
Bidwell said their "experience with the Cleveland-area arts institutions who are our presenting partners and their understanding of the local artistic community will allow them to be immediately effective and continue our already strong momentum toward our inaugural exhibition."
The multi-venue FRONT International arts program will take place in Cleveland every three years. The first edition of the exhibition, titled "An American City," will run July 7 to Sept. 30, 2018.
Hardis will manage and coordinate exhibition projects with each of the presenting partners of FRONT International as well as public art installations working with project management partner LAND Studios. She most recently was director of operations at MOCA Cleveland, where she previously worked as director of exhibitions.
Jens Hoffmann, co-artistic director of FRONT International, said Hardis is "a brilliant choice to manage this extremely complex undertaking," which will include at least seven major gallery exhibitions and as many as 15 installations in unconventional spaces in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio.
Kurzner's position is a two-year fellowship funded by the George Gund Foundation. She was chosen for her experience as a curator, gallerist and research scholar in American and European modern art, according to the release. Kurzner, a resident of Cleveland Heights, began her career at the Museum of Modern Art and has worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Contemporary Art Society, both in London, and The British Council in Brussels.
Michelle Grabner, FRONT International co-artistic director, said Kurzner "will be our eyes and ears in Northeast Ohio for the next two years, and she will help us create an exhibition which is both of the world and authentically rooted in the community."
Author: Scott Suttell