Zuckerman Museum, Atlanta Contemporary add key staffers

Kennesaw State University's Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art has appointed Sarah Higgins as curator.

The Georgia native begins working with director of curatorial affairs Teresa Bramlette Reeves on Oct. 19. She will focus on solo shows as well as create joint-curator exhibitions with Reeves.

Higgins holds an M.A. in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, where she has worked as graduate program coordinator since 2013.

With experiences that have included serving as a curatorial fellow at New York’s New Museum and as community arts director at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., she has curated more than 30 exhibitions featuring a range of emerging, established and international artists.

She co-curated the exhibition "The Future We Remember," opening next February at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“Sarah’s passion to address issues such as art’s ability to create social and political change, along with her interest in creating dynamic experiences in our region, will help guide the Zuckerman Museum of Art’s visitor experience as we grow as an institution,” ZMA director Justin Rabideau said in an announcement.

She replaces associate curator Kirstie Tepper, who has stepped down to pursue an M.F.A. at Georgia State University.

More on ZMA: zuckerman.kennesaw.edu.

Credit: hpousner

Credit: hpousner

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center has announced Lacey Haslam, whose experience include art projects in the San Francisco Bay area, as its development manager.

Haslam, who has begun work at the Westside nonprofit, will be in charge of donor cultivation and retention, creating and implementing fund-raising strategies including the annual fund campaign, and applying for and managing government and foundation grants.

It's a time of change at Atlanta Contemporary, with former development director Veronica Kessenich becoming executive director in July and the visual arts institution instituting a free admission policy in September.

“I have no doubt that she is just the person to welcome you at the front desk, deepen relations with existing supporters and funders, and help us build a vibrant community around contemporary art,” Kessenich said of Haslam.

In the Bay Area, Haslam founded and directed and raised funds for Block Gallery, which presents free site-specific art experiences in public spaces.

She is also the lead organizer of Archive Project, a collection of books that inspired leading arts and cultural figures, who in turn donated them, with a hand-written bookplate note, for the purpose of public sharing.

Of her new role in Atlanta, Haslam said in the announcement: "I’m excited to play a vital part in such a dynamic and forward-thinking institution. I look forward to contributing to the upward momentum and sustainability of Atlanta Contemporary.”

More on Atlanta Contemporary: atlantacontemporary.org.