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CU Art Museum Announces New Director, Sandra Firmin

April 21, 2014 | 3:21pm — 3:21pm

The CU Art Museum is very pleased to announce Sandra Firmin as the new director. Sandra Firmin will begin as director on April 21, 2014, replacing current interim director, Stephen Martonis.

Sandra Q. Firmin has been Curator of the UB Art Galleries, gallery of the University of Buffalo SUNY, since 2003. She holds a M.A. from Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies (2002), and was awarded a Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative Fellowship at Arcadia University Art Gallery (2003). Firmin co-curated the traveling exhibition Kim Jones: A Retrospective (with Julie Joyce). The exhibition was accompanied by the catalogue “Mudman: The Odyssey of Kim Jones” (MIT Press, 2006), co-edited with Joyce. In 2010, Firmin organized Artpark: 1974–1984, an exhibition and publication (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) chronicling the seminal years of an innovative residency program located in Lewiston, New York, just north of Niagara Falls. At the UB Art Galleries, Firmin has established an annual residency program in which artists are presented with an empty gallery to transform over time while open to the public. These commissioned projects aim to forge meaningful interactions between artists and diverse groups of people while acknowledging a turn toward research-based site-specific approaches in contemporary art that have at their core experimentation and ephemerality. Firmin is currently co-chairing (with Julian Cox) the Association of Art Museum Curators’ annual conference, which will be held in Detroit this year, where she will be moderating a panel Urban Ecologies and Cultural Exchange.