Olga Viso Appointed Director of the Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center has named Olga Viso its new director, effective in January, the museum announced today. Viso, director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, succeeds Kathy Halbreich, whose sixteen-and-a-half-year tenure ends November 1. Viso has been director of the Hirshhorn since 2005. “It is an immense privilege to lead such an innovative and distinguished institution as the Walker—its long history of presenting groundbreaking contemporary programming; its deep commitment to fostering new art, artists, and audiences; and its cross-disciplinary model make it singular. The Walker’s exciting new facility and its exceptional staff in the visual, performing, and media arts—led by deputy director and chief curator Philippe Vergne—play a vital role in both the Twin Cities and global contemporary art communities,” said Viso. “We know that Olga will build on the Walker’s international acclaim and Kathy Halbreich’s extraordinary legacy of inspired leadership,” said Steve Shank, president of the Walker’s board of directors. “In Olga we’ve found a proven leader in the field, a respected scholar of contemporary art, and a true passion for global artists.”