Paul Ha

Paul Ha is a museum director widely recognized for his support of influential artists early in their careers, and with raising the visibility of the organizations he heads. He is currently the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) List Visual Arts Center. Prior to joining MIT, Ha was the director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) from 2002–11. As the inaugural director, he quickly positioned CAM to be a leader in the field of contemporary art, garnering national and international recognition for its exhibitions. During this period, CAM gave a number of artists the first major museum exhibition of their careers, including Laylah Ali, Lutz Bacher, Yun-Fei Ji, David Noonan, Alexander Ross, Gedi Sibony, and Carey Young. Other artists exhibited include Chantal Akerman, Polly Apfelbaum, Richard Artschwager, Slater Bradley, Jim Hodges, Maya Lin, Olivier Mosset, Yoshitomo Nara, William Pope.L, and Cindy Sherman. Prior to joining CAM, Ha was the deputy director of programs and external Affairs at the Yale University Art Gallery, and executive director of White Columns in New York. Ha has curated and organized more than 100 solo and group exhibitions and exhibited artists such as Sarah Sze, Christoph Büchel, Jessica Craig-Martin, Rachel Feinstein, and Anna Gaskell, often presenting their first solo exhibitions. Ha was the commissioner of the US Pavilion at the La Biennale di Venezia 56th International Art Exhibition, presenting artist Joan Jonas at the 2015 Venice Biennale. He served as the Center’s exhibitions panel chair in 2012, as well as a LOI panelist that same year, and was part of the Center’s management panel in 2010. In 2016, Ha served as a panelist for Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.

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Grants & Grantees

Philadelphia’s Clay Studio is a center for local, national, and international ceramic arts communities.

Curator Kelsey Halliday Johnson presents two concerts by electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani.

A number of projects from grantees and Pew Fellows have garnered extensive national and regional press coverage in recent weeks.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Born in Burkina Faso and based in Berlin, architect Francis Kéré integrates traditional knowledge and craft skills into innovative and sustainable buildings worldwide.

Questions of Practice

Published in 2006, What Makes a Great Exhibition? is vital reading for arts professionals, art and curatorial studies students, art historians, practicing artists, and anyone curious about exhibition-making today.

Grants & Grantees

This nationally touring exhibition, presented at Vox Populi in spring 2014, is the first to critically examine the lasting impact that the Riot Grrrl movement has had on artists today.

“My thinking as a curator has been informed by ‘other lives’ that I’ve been fortunate to live and I continue to think about exhibitions from the perspective of what’s new that can be brought to the table.”

The James A. Michener Art Museum conducted research for a retrospective exhibition on the work of designer-craftsman Paul Evans (1931–87).

As we near the end of 2015, we invited Center colleagues, collaborators, and grantees to share a memorable and inspiring cultural experience.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Samuel Hoi has served as President of Los Angeles’ Otis College of Art and Design since 2000.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dan Hurlin currently teaches performance art, dance, and puppetry at Sarah Lawrence College, where he also serves as the director of the graduate program in theater. In 2015, Hurlin served as a Performance LOI panelist.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Since 2001, Rena Zurofsky has been an independent consultant with three primary areas of specialization: as a strategic planner, a retail planner, and an interim director.