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Vanja Malloy.
Vanja Malloy.

Vanja Malloy Named Director of Syracuse University Art Galleries

Syracuse University announced today that Vanja Malloy, curator of American art at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, has been appointed director and chief curator of the Syracuse University Art Galleries. She succeeds Domenic Iacono, who retired after forty years at the university last June, and is the second person to ever lead the institution.

“Vanja stood out with her great educational credentials and experience,” said Jeffrey Hoone, the director and chief curator of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers. “She has an exhibition record that displays a creative mind and an ability to connect many different collaborative partners. . . . We are very much looking forward to her leading the team at SUArt and building on their success as the premier art museum at Syracuse University.”

At the Mead Art Museum, Malloy oversaw its program for American art and organized numerous exhibitions, ranging from thematic reinstallations to shows of work by contemporary artists such as Saya Woolfalk and Tom Friedman. Her most recent exhibition, “Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein,” which explores the influence of modern science on twentieth-century art, is currently on view until July 28.

Prior to joining the Mead Art Museum, Malloy served as a visiting lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she earned her doctor of philosophy in art history, and as the Chester Dale fellow in the department of modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Commenting on her new role, she said: “I believe that the campus art museum has a unique ability to show how the arts can contribute to teaching and learning across disciplines at the university. I’m excited to work with museum staff to spearhead new projects that form partnerships throughout the Syracuse University campus.”