Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts hires first full-time curator

13089368-largeUrban Institute for Contemporary Arts, for the first time in its 36-year-history, will have a full-time curator on staff.

Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Alexander Paschka, a past ArtPrize artist and 5×5 Night winner, joins UICA as exhibitions curator beginning July 29, 2013.

He replaces exhibitions coordinator Elizabeth Goddard, who departed in June.

Paschka most recently has served as manager of digital media at Grand Rapids Art Museum, where he also assisted with exhibitions design, website management and event production.

A native of southeast Michigan, Paschka graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2001 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography. He settled in Grand Rapids after living in Seattle, Ann Arbor and Chicago.

While Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has had various exhibitions committees and managers since the organization was launched in 1977, a full-time curator is a first for the institution located at 2 W. Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids.

“Alexander joining the staff emphasizes the importance of the exhibitions department in the future success of the UICA,” said interim executive director Miranda Krajniak, who joined UICA in June.

Recently, Paschka managed the creation of an iPad app and website for “The Jansma Print Collection at the Grand Rapids Art Museum: Five Centuries of Masterpieces” in collaboration with Conduit Studios and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The digital exhibition, introduced in March, has been downloaded in more than 30 countries.

Paschka is an active and longtime member of the Avenue for the Arts as a community organizer, curator and artist.

Paschka and Krajniak along with Katherine Williams collaborated on “Zhivago-Innocent/Corrupt Lara,” a photographic reinterpretation of “Dr. Zhivago” that was an ArtPrize 2012 entry at Cathedral Square.

Paschka was a $5,000 winner of a 5×5 Night in 2011 with his ideas for a “Weather Collage” app, and he has worked with Momentum, a technology and business incubator.

“Alexander’s ability to work collaboratively, his experience as a museum professional in Grand Rapids, and his vision for the future of exhibitions will be assets in his new position as UICA Exhibitions Curator,” Krajniak said.

via mlive.com

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