INSIGHTS: The UNM Art Museum Distinguished Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 28, 5:30 pm
Connectivity: Museums, Artists, Their Art and Beyond
a lecture by Jim Ballinger
Artists and art museums traditionally have a collaborative, yet complex relationship. Looking at this year’s graduate exhibition, are there clues to the appropriate balance between the two? What should the expectations of each be?
James K. Ballinger served as Director of Phoenix Art Museum from December 1982 until his retirement in February 2015. Mr. Ballinger joined the staff as Curator of Collections in 1974. He served Curator of American Art from 1974 to 2004, and continued to serve as Chief Curator through January 2015.
As Curator, Mr. Ballinger organized dozens of exhibitions in Phoenix, many of which traveled nationally. They represent a diverse interest in the visual arts ranging from Americans in Normandy and Brittany to Diego Rivera and Frank Lloyd Wright. An art historian with a focus in American art of the West, Mr. Ballinger is a noted author and lecturer. Published by Abrams in 1989, his book, Frederic Remington, is now out of print after two editions.
In November 2006 working with architects Tod Williams/Billie Tsien and Associates, Phoenix Art Museum completed its master plan developed during the early 1990’s which included two successful capital and endowment campaigns. The first expansion completed in 1996 doubled the size of the facility. The most recent construction included a new lobby, sculpture garden and wing dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Combined the expansions cost $55,000,000 and $25,000,000 was added to the Museum’s endowment.
Mr. Ballinger is a past President of the Association of Art Museum Directors and has served on the board for over 10 years. In November 2004, he was appointed by President Bush to serve a six-year term on the National Council on the Arts which was extended through March of 2013.
Mr. Ballinger received a B.A. in American History and an M.A. in History of Art from the University of Kansas, and completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Funding for this lecture series is generously provided in part by the Department of Art and Art History and by the Allene H. and Walter P. Kleweno Lecture Series Fund.