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Contemporary Arts Center Appoints Steven Matijcio as Curator

Cincinnati, OH–The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)-one of the nation’s oldest and most celebrated contemporary art institutions-today announced the appointment of Steven Matijcio as the institution’s new curator. Matijcio will start June 3.

Matijcio most recently was the curator of contemporary art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York and has held positions in a number of galleries and museums including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada. Matijcio is a lecturer and published writer, and in 2011 was a curator in residence in Gwangju, South Korea and Berlin, Germany. He won a 2010 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award for the project “paperless” and in 2012 he was the; curator of the fourth Narracje Festival in Gdansk, Poland. Matijcio was also commissioned by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in 2003 to curate one of their first online exhibitions.

In announcing this appointment, Raphaela Platow, the CAC’s Alice & Harris Weston Director and Chief Curator, said: “We are excited that Steven Matijcio is joining us as curator. His commitment to broadening access to contemporary art, his global curatorial perspective, and his proven skill in successfully combining the two to the benefit of the audience aligns with the Contemporary Arts Center’s goals perfectly.”

David Osborn, President of the CAC Board of Trustees, said: “We are delighted to have Steven join the team. The Contemporary Arts Center has a strong reputation around the world for our excellent curatorial offerings. It is core to our mission and Steven’s appointment will continue to propel that forward.”

“The CAC is respected across the globe for its vision, vitality and ambition. I’m honored and inspired to become part of its bright future, and to work alongside Raphaela, David, and the entire staff, board and community to continue animating the CAC’s evolving history,” said Matijcio. “A major part of this effort will be to embrace the philosophy of CAC’s urban carpet in its downtown location, continuing to create a dialogue and synergy with Cincinnati and its people. I’m excited to immerse myself in the history, culture and quirks of this city as a platform for international dialogues and in the Contemporary Arts Center as a hub for 21st century thinking.”

Matijcio will be formally introduced to the community at the CAC’s 2013-14 Season Preview luncheon on June 26. Members of the press who are interested in attending should RSVP to Sarah Day at 513.345.8422 by June 14.

The Contemporary Arts Center is located in the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art
44 East 6th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio / 513.345.8400 /