Valerie Cassel Oliver. Photo: VMFA.

Valerie Cassel Oliver Named Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Valerie Cassel Oliver has been appointed the new curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She will begin her new role on July 7, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Mary Lee Clark. Clark notes that Cassel Oliver is filling the position left vacant by John Ravenal in 2014. Ravenal joined the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum as executive director two years ago.

Cassel Oliver has served as senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston for the past sixteen years. Previously, she was director of the visiting artists program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a program specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts. Her first exhibit at the VMFA, scheduled for January 2019, will feature work by artist Howardena Pindell. The show, which Cassel Oliver cocurated with Naomi Beckwith, will first open next year at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where Beckwith works as a curator.

The Donald Moffett show that Cassel Oliver curated while at Houston was previewed by David Velasco in Artforum’s September 2011 issue.