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Liz Nowell. Photo: Sia Duff.
Liz Nowell. Photo: Sia Duff.

Liz Nowell Named Director of Australia’s Institute of Modern Art

The Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia, has appointed Liz Nowell as its new director. Nowell comes to the independent contemporary arts space from Adelaide’s ACE Open, where she serves as CEO. She is also the former executive director of the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, which merged with the Australian Experimental Art Foundation to form ACE in 2017.

“I have always believed Queensland visual artists to be at the fore of contemporary practice in Australia, and I am excited to work closely with the community, staff, and board to ensure that both the IMA and local arts sector continues to flourish.” Nowell succeeds codirectors Aileen Burns and Johan Lund, who departed to helm the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, New Zealand, and will take up the post in June.

Commenting on the hire, Rachel Crowley, IMA’s board chair, said in a statement: “The IMA is an institution of international importance and standing so we were looking for a new director who would ensure we maintained its exceptional reputation within the arts community whilst also helping us expand our influence, impact, and audience. . . . We believe Liz will do that and more for us over the coming years.”

The IMA was founded in 1974 by members of Brisbane’s Contemporary Arts Society, including Ray Hughes, Roy and Betty Churcher, Joy Schoenheimer, and Justice Derrington, to promote experimentation and research in the arts through exhibitions, publications, and other programs.