Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art hires new curator
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has named Barbara O’Brien its new curator. She will start in mid-September.
According to the Kemper’s press release, O’Brien (pictured), who holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and women’s and gender studies from the University of Kansas, comes to Kansas City by way of Simmons College in Boston, where she was most recently an assistant professor of art and the director of the Trustman Art Gallery. Since 1990, the Kemper says, O’Brien has curated nearly 50 exhibitions of contemporary art. (More of her CV is on her Simmons bio page.)
The Kemper’s previous curator, Chris Cook, left the museum this past spring to direct the Salina Art Center.