The University of New Mexico Art Museum has appointed Mary Statzer, an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, as its new curator of prints and photographs. Statzer will take up the post on August 1.
“Mary Statzer brings a unique skill set to the University of New Mexico Art Museum during a pivotal period in our museum’s history,” said Arif Khan, director of the UNM Art Museum. “Her focus on twentieth-century photography and photographers, combined with her expertise as a collaborative printmaker, has positioned her to work with one of the finest photography and print collections in the country. These experiences will provide a fresh interpretation for a new generation of museum visitors.”
Prior to joining the university, Statzer was a curatorial assistant for the departments of Latin American and modern and contemporary art at the Phoenix Art Museum for seven years. She also served as a founding board member and the education chair of InFocus, a volunteer group that provides financial support for photography exhibitions, publications, and programs at the Phoenix Art Museum. Previously, Statzer worked as a lead collaborating printer for Segura Publishing Company in Tempe, Arizona, where she created fine-art prints in collaboration with artists such as Mark Klett, Buzz Spector, William Wegman, Francis Whitehead, and Patssi Valdez.