The UNM Art Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of the new director of the largest fine arts collection in the state. Arif Khan will be leading this state treasure as of August 15, 2016. He is returning to his hometown and alma mater with over 14 years of experience in contemporary visual arts organizations and art museums. He has expertise in the fields of museum administration, fundraising, collections management, exhibition development, museum education and strategic planning with contemporary artists. He will be leaving his post as the Mary Price Ratrie Curator of Art at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston, WV. A position he has held since 2011.
Mr. Khan has deep ties here. Prior to working at the Clay Center, he was Gallery Director at Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM; Curator of the Governor’s Gallery, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; and Artist Coordinator for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM. He holds a BA in History from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin; MA in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and an MA in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute, London, UK. In 2012 Arif completed The Getty Leadership Institute’s “Museum Leaders: The Next Generation (NextGen)” professional development program. Khan will join a staff and college that is eager for the the museum to move into its next era of exciting exhibitions and contributions to the campus, community and state.
Please join us in welcoming back, Arif Khan!